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Uhuru was hoodwinked to believe he will be supported in 2017

18 November 2015, 09:35 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Tongaren Mp, Eseli Simiyu has faulted Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka for hoodwinking President Uhuru Kenyatta into believing that he will be supported in the 2017 general election.

Speaking during an interview in a local radio station, Simiyu who is the Ford Kenya General Secretary said that Bungoma County is an opposition turf and the head of state should not be cheated that he will get votes from the region.

“Our Governor promised the President that he will get more votes from Bungoma in the next general election after granting Kibabii University a charter and launching water and roads projects; let him remember that he doesn’t own any votes. Votes belong to voters and they can decide who to vote in as the President,” he said.

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Eseli said that the President should not bank on Governor Lusaka’s promise that the indigenous Bukusu community will vote for him in the next general election because they have always voted for opposition leaders.

The legislator decried the humiliation the opposition went through when they were denied entry into the presidential dais over the weekend.

Lusaka had promised the President that with the granting of a charter to Kibabii University and launching some development projects in the County, the community will support his second presidential bid and always support his administration.

During the function, Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, Tongaren Mp Eseli Simiyu and Mt Elgon Mp John Serut were humiliated and forced to sit in the tent meant for County ministers and Members of the County Assemblies.

“It was an embarrassment; we were humiliated. It was only the opposition leaders who were barred from accessing the pavilion by the Presidents security details. This forced Khalwale to walk out because there was a hitch with the protocol,” said Eseli.

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