Khalwale humiliated during President Kenyatta's Western tour
16 November 2015, 08:27
Bungoma - Kakamega Senator, Dr Boni Khalwale was hugely embarrassed during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour of Western Kenya on Saturday.
The outspoken Senator was barred by security guards from accessing the main dais where the Head of State and other leaders were seated at Kibabii University at a function to award the institution a charter, forcing him to storm out of the venue.
Khalwale, who accompanied President Kenyatta’s and Deputy President William Ruto’s entourage to the commissioning of Sirisa-Lwakahaka road at the Kenya-Uganda border and launch of water projects in Kabuchai was kept at the periphery.
“The organizers of this visit had the sole aim of embarrassing me and other critics of the Jubilee government,” Khalwale told journalists.
“There were no seats set aside for me or my colleague who is the area Senator, Moses Wetang’ula. In their programme they had no slot for the two of us,” he said before storming out of Kibabii grounds.
Perharps miffed by the hostile reception he received, the Senator kept off Uhuru and Ruto's dinner with Western leaders at the State Lodge in Kakamega that was conducted on Saturday evening.
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Khalwale in May last year was sharply criticized by Bungoma County leaders after he publicly attacked President Kenyatta during his first visit to the region.
The Senator who does not mince his words told the Head of State during the homecoming of Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka in Kamukuywa, that his Jubilee government had failed to deliver and he should let the opposition to take over.
His remarks angered local politicians led by Mt Elgon MP, John Serut who asked Khalwale to keep off Bungoma County politics as its leaders have already expressed willingness to work with the President and the government of the day to develop the County.
“All the nine Bungoma County MPs who were present at the function announced that they are ready to work with the government for the region to make strides in development. Then Senator chooses to attack President Uhuru Kenyatta head-on and play politics. That was very unfortunate. I ask him to concentrate in Kakamega because Bungoma County residents want politics of development,” said Serut.
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