Why we visited Ruto in Nairobi - 18 Luhya MCAs explain
03 August 2016, 09:22
Busia - Eighteen Busia Members of the County Assembly whose weekend visit to Deputy President William Ruto's Nairobi residence has enraged their voters on Tuesday came out strongly to defend their meeting with the DP.
The MCAs who spoke on condition of anonymity said the meeting with Ruto was purely to cultivate close working relations devoid of party affiliations.
"We agreed to put our political differences aside for the sake of development. The issue of party politics or inducement to defect did not emerge during the meeting.
"Many people are now imagining we are about to defect to Jubilee Alliance Party. That is a pipe dream which will not bear fruits," an MCA who was in the entourage said.
Sources said Ruto urged the MCAs who may not wish to defect to JAP to form one strong party which is not tribal so as to challenge JAP in next year's general elections.
The trip according to sources was organized by Teso North MP Arthur Odera who won the seat on a URP ticket.
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Impeccable sources revealed that Teso South MP Mary Emaase caused a stir when she arrived at the meeting fuming that she had not been informed or involved in the trip.
It forced the intervention of Ruto to cool the tempers of the MP who appeared infuriated by her non involvement in the MCAs' trip to Nairobi.
The MCAs who made the trip include: George Busera (Busibwabo Ward), Margaret Chale (Nominated), Dick Omukaga (Amukura East), Moses Ote (Angurai South), Stephen Ekapolon (Chakol North), Maurice Chetambe (Angurai North), Charles Wakhungu ( Bukhayo East), Vincent Obisa (Namboto Nambuku), Fred Musirimba (Bunyala North).
Others are: Godfrey Odongo (Nambale), Levis Majale (Ageng'a Nanguba), Vincent Mwolo (Bunyala central), Joseph Oyula (Bukhayo Central), Gabriel Okelo (Marachi North), Gordy Mareba (Marachi Central), Rosemary Oduor (Nominated), Ernest Obola ( Mayenje) and Garddy Jakaa (Bukhayo North/Walatsi).
Political tension has been raised in the region in the recent past after Budalangi MP, Ababu Namwamba and his Funyula counterpart, Dr. Paul Otuoma resigned as ODM secretary general and party vice-chairman respectively citing betrayal and frustrations from top party leaders.
The resignations were a blow to the former Prime minister who is still fighting hard to sustain his political support in the Western region.
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