New Ford Kenya wins big in Uhuru appointments
28 April 2015, 17:30
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking a portion of the Luhya vote come the 2017 General Election and has decided on New Ford Kenya as his avenue to success.
The party has landed on a purple perch of sorts in recent weeks with some of its senior members landing important roles in the Jubilee government.
Former party leader Eugene Wamalwa was last week appointed the Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation but it does not stop there.
Soita Shitanda has been named chairman, Agricultural Development Corporation,
Musikari Kombo, chairman, Water Services Trust Fund), Joash Wamang’oli, chairman, Board of Directors of Nzoia Sugar Company and
Raphael Wanjala, director of Nzoia Sugar.
The move has understandably been met with joy at the party.
" We are happy that the president sees it fit to nominate our members to government positions. We are delighted, party voice chairman Kipruto Arap Kirwa said Tuesday on phone.
" The party is progressive and to see the appointments means that the president sees the same," he adds.
Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, who has decamped to the CORD coalition, however feels that the move to appoint NFK members to public positions is an indication of the hunger within the party.
" The party has sold itself for a few shillings and clerical jobs," he said.
Whether the party will deliver for the Jubilee coalition in the 2017 elections remains to be seen, with stiff competition expected in the region for the over 3 million available votes.
" It will be a good old war. CORD have the lions share of the votes, but UDF and Musalia Mudavadi will have something to say about it.
" It will be a tough task for NFK to state its claim but clearly, the president feels it will, " Political sciences lecturer from the region Anthony Lusweti believes.
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