'NOT YOUR EQUAL'

Respect your seniors, MPs Khamala, Savula tell Sifuna

Savula said ODM should stop chest-thumping because in politics things change all the time.

In Summary

• Khamala said Western has for long supported ODM leader Raila Odinga in his bid to become president and the time has come for a Luhya to ascend to power. 

• Khamala said Western will vote as a bloc in 2022 and Raila and his ODM are free to go to the region and seek support, either for himself or his preferred candidate.

Lurambi MP Titus Khamala at Emukaba Primary School where he opened new classrooms build by CDF on Monday
Lurambi MP Titus Khamala at Emukaba Primary School where he opened new classrooms build by CDF on Monday
Image: HILTON OTENYO

Two Kakamega MPs have told ODM secretary-general Edwin Sifuna to learn to respect his seniors.

Titus Khamala of Lurambi and Lugari's Ayub Savula said Musalia Mudavadi of ANC, Wiper's Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang'ula of Ford Kenya are not Sifuna equals and deserve respect.

"They are abusing us as though we owe them anything. We take these abuses as coming from our rivals because they are not partners any more," Khamala said.

He said Western has for long supported ODM leader Raila Odinga in his bid to become president and the time has come for a Luhya to ascend to power. 

Khamala said ODM should tell Kenyans how many votes Raila received when he vied for president for the first time in 1997. He said what Mudavadi garnered in 2013 should not be a basis for abuse.

The legislator said Western will vote as a bloc in 2022 and Raila and his ODM are free to go to the region and seek support, either for himself or his preferred candidate.

Savula said ODM should stop chest-thumping because in politics things change all the time. 

"You never know where you will be tomorrow," he said.

"ODM should begin by bringing back self-styled general Miguna Miguna before they can sell their tired narrative of cowards. It's deceitful for them to refer to others as cowards when Miguna, who stood with them and who swore them in, is suffering in exile," Savula said.   

Former Kakamega assembly minority leader David Ndakwa said ODM's 'monkey business' has come to an end.

"Raila cannot keep friends starting with William Ruto, Kalonzo, Wetang'ula, Mudavadi. He has changed posts for the last time and embarrassment awaits him," he said.

Earlier, Sifuna termed the new alliance bringing together Mudavadi,  Kalonzo and Wetang'ula as "Raila niachie Alliance”.

He said the trio must stop “dancing around their village huts and travel the breadth of the country” to seek the presidency.

“We advise the three that if they want the presidency, Raila does not keep the ballots at his home. They must stop dancing around their village huts and travel the breadth of the country seeking that mandate," Sifuna said, adding that Raila is not interested in any 2022 talk.

"Raila is focused on helping the President deliver on the unity agenda for all Kenyans, and building the bridges to a prosperous future.” 

In 2002, Sifuna said, Mudavadi fled the Rainbow movement and returned to be a three-month VP when the whole country was recalibrating its politics and seeking a fresh start.

"Kalonzo Musyoka, on the other hand, was the quintessential one-party rule man and a late entrant to the 2002 liberation movement. He only opted to join Rt Hon Odinga in 2013 after his cunning attempt to exploit the ICC tribulations of President Uhuru and DP Ruto fell flat. He was seeking a landing spot and got a soft one,” Sifuna said.

“The less I say about Wetang'ula, the better,” he added.