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Two Jubilee MPs to back Wetang’ula if he vies for Presidency

22 January 2016, 15:03 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Two members of Parliament from Bungoma County allied to Jubilee Party have vowed to back Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetangula’s presidential bid if his name appears on the ballot.

Bungoma County Women Representative, Reginalda Wanyonyi and Bumula MP Boniface Otsiula, have said that they will support their own Luhya presidential candidate if Wetang’ula shows seriousness in vying for the seat.

Speaking at St Mary’s Ng’oli Secondary school in Bumula Sub County during a ceremony to handover two classes built by funds from the ministry of Education, the duo said if Wetang'ula emerges the winner during the CORD nominations and beats Raila Odinga, they will automatically support him.

“We want Wetang’ula to be in the ballot box as a presidential candidate and all Western Jubilee Party leaders will back him but if he is not serious, he should not force us to join the opposition. Nobody is willing to be in opposition; we all want to be in the government,” said Wanyonyi.

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She said they should play their cards very well so that they can also part of the community that forms the next government and share the national cake without being coerced.

Otsiula urged the Ford Kenya party leader to first unite Luhyas before seeking votes from other regions so that he can have enough numbers to compete against other serious presidential contestants.

“Let him marshal votes from Western region by uniting all Luhya leaders and make sure that all the votes are in one basket. We will then allow him to traverse the country to seek for more votes or else his presidential bid will just remain a dream,” said Otsiula.

Otsiula noted that it is Wetang’ula who led the Luhya nation to the opposition owing to the fact that the late Vice President died while in the government.

“We want all of us to be in the government; being in opposition is not healthy. We will get goodies and our people will benefit if we are in the government,” advised Otsiula.

The duo praised Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for its recent ruling which set the CORD Co Principal free to contest for any political seat by not striking out his name from the voters register for the voter bribery allegations.

“IEBC has come of age and it has proved that it’s independent and cannot be manipulated by the government. Let the bad blood that existed between leaders supporting the government and those in opposition cease so that we work as a family for the prosperity of our County,” said Wanyonyi.

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