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Boost for UhuRuto as Luhya leaders vow to back Jubilee party

23 December 2015, 08:16 Philomenah Chebet

Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 Presidential bid has received a boost after he was endorsed by Luhya leaders.

Members of New Ford-K led by party leader who also the Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka on Tuesday said they have resolved as a community to back President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto for the sake of a united country.

The leaders and members of the public who paid Ruto a courtesy call at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County endorsed the proposed merger of Jubilee affiliate parties ahead of the next General Election.

“We should know that the Jubilee administration can still win the next election if it goes with its 2013 general election parties,” Lusaka said.

"Because this Government is not only interested in winning the election but unity of Kenyans, this is why it is involving all Kenyans in this merger,” said Lusaka.

The Governor who was accompanied by Water CS, Eugene Wamalwa said his party will work closely with the Government in addressing the challenges facing the country’s citizens.

Other leaders who accompanied Lusaka including MPs David Were (Matungu), Dan Wanyama from Webuye West, Bungoma's Reginalda Wanyonyi and Janet Nangabo from Trans Nzoia affirmed that members of the Luhya community will "not make another mistake of being in the Opposition".

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“This time round we are extremely careful so that we are not left behind when Jubilee forms the Government after 2017 General Election,” Bungoma Majority Leader Henry Nyongesa said.

Former ministers Noah Wekesa, Musikari Kombo, former MPs Joash Wamangoli, Raphael Wanjala, MCAs and opinion leaders were also present.

“We are working with the Government and will do so come the next election so that we can benefit,” Nangabo said.

They praised the Jubilee administration for undertaking development projects as well as appointing Wamalwa to the Cabinet despite the region being perceived as an opposition zone.

“We are grateful that the Government has initiated various development projects including the revival of Mumias sugar which is the only source of livelihood for the people of western who are largely sugarcane farmers,” Wamangoli said.

The leaders agreed to launch awareness campaigns to educate the people on the importance of supporting the new party for the sake of the community's future.

“As a community, we are better off in Jubilee than in any other political party,” Kombo said.

The Deputy President welcomed the move by the leaders to support the merger saying it was the only way to fight tribalism and negative ethnicity in the country.

He said elections in the past left Kenyans more divided, which inspired the Jubilee administration to merge all its parties to unite the country.

“There is higher calling for us to unite the country than just winning an election.

“We want to bring together all Kenyans under the Jubilee Party so that they feel part and parcel of the Government and achieve unity of the country,” he said.

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