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Wetangula stabs Mudavadi in his backyard

17 February 2014, 09:27 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - MCAs allied to United Democratic Front (UDF) party in Vihiga County were forced to march out in protest against Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula after he made a scathing attack on Musalia Mudavadi in his own home turf.

Wetangula claimed that Musalia Mudavadi was selling the Luhya community to the dogs by persistently begging President Uhuru Kenyatta to give him a job, much to the fury of the MCAs who walked away silently in protest.

“If I want to be president of this country, I can’t be begging President Uhuru to give me a job every now and then. Those who are begging President Uhuru for jobs should stop immediately. Our dignity and respect as a community is compromised everyday leaders who don’t have a stand continually beg the president,” Wetangula said.

He spoke in a thanksgiving ceremony of Lugaga-Wamuluma ward representative, Wilberforce Kitiezo, on Saturday at Mbihi Secondary School in Vihiga.

Area governor, Moses Akaranga, his deputy Caleb Amaswache, MPs Wilbur Ottichilo and Chris Omulele among other leaders attended the function.

However, responding to these claims, Mudavadi’s secretary of press Kibisu Kabatesi dismissed Wetangula’s jibes and termed him to as a ‘coward in the baying herd’.

“We should save ourselves the agony by listening to him in silence because his display is of political insomnia. Such are prone to exert violence. That is why it is commendable that people remained restrained while he howled copied rhetoric and later walked out on him in protest,” Kabatesi said in a separate interview.   

Wetangula had further jabbed at the quest for Luhya unity, saying that Mudavadi and former Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa were being used by other forces to frustrate the efforts by the Luhya community to unite.

He said that this was evidenced when his senatorial post was scrapped off by the court and was forced to go into a by-election where Mudavadi and Eugene united to put him down when all sane Luhyas had known that he was bound to recapture the seat.

Wetangula moved the crowd into a sensational mood when he revealed that UDF party that is headed by Mudavadi was given two slots for nomination after the general elections, which were given to people who never delivered even a single vote to Mudavadi’s quest for presidency.

“I was given two slots for nomination in Ford Kenya, where I nominated Wangamati and Mukite. UDF was given two slots and they nominated one person from Wajir where Musalia got four votes and the other slot given to a person from central Kenya where Musalia got zero votes,” he said.

He said that Mudavadi had betrayed his voters who voted overwhelmingly for him by not rewarding them with even a single post out of the two that he was given in nominations.

This sparked outrage amongst MCAs who decided to walk out and later called for a press briefing to recant Wetangula’s sentiments.

The crowd moved in support of Wetangula urging him to reveal the bitter truth which had been hidden from them, even as the MCAs walked away silently.

“Toboa. Toboa. Ukweli unaumiza Say it! say it. The truth is bitter),” the crowd shouted.

The agile MCAs, who had shouted down area deputy governor Caleb Amaswache when he showed solidarity with the ousted Governor Wambora, failed to shout down Wetangula as they gave him space to stab their party leader even further.

“I also want to be president of this country, but there is no single day that you will see me going to President Uhuru, whose job I want to take, and beg him for a job,” Wetangula said.

The MCAs later said that Wetangula had become short of direction to come to Vihiga and abuse their party leader when they are there and listening to him.

“Wetangula must have been out of his mind and forgotten that he was not in Bungoma when he abused Mudavadi. Mudavadi is not a beggar and is not begging for a job from anyone. He should respect Mudavadi,” Leader of Majority in Vihiga County Assembly, Andrew Ahuga said.

Wetangula further said that the senate was dedicated towards saving devolution from the brink of collapse, noting that they will not hesitate to come to the aid of counties that are not being run in accordance with the law by governors.

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