•Savula said that Mudavadi and National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang'ula are the two buttons Luhyas have in government.
•He said that Mudavadi should not let Luhyas down because his performance in the next five years will determine his acceptability by the community for the 2032 presidential race.
Luhya community should unite behind Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi to receive development from the national government, Kakamega Deputy Governor Ayub Savula has said.
Savula said that Mudavadi and National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang'ula are the two buttons Luhyas have in government.
“If you want to succeed you make the right steps and touch the right buttons. We want to use Mudavadi for these five years to ensure completion of stalled projects and transfer of the state shareholding in Mumias Sugar Company to the county government,” he said.
Savula was speaking when he graced a thanksgiving fundraiser at Emukangu Church of God in Shibuli, Lurambi constituency on Sunday.
The deputy governor said that Luhya leaders should stop attacking Mudavadi and instead use him as a ladder to tap into the national government budget.
He said that Mudavadi should not let Luhyas down because his performance in the next five years will determine his acceptability by the community for the 2032 presidential race.
Savula urged youths not to travel to Nairobi to participate in anti-government protests but instead use their time to do farming.
He thanked President William Ruto for halting the privatisation of loss-making state parastatals.
He said that leaders from Western were against the sale of Nzoia Sugar Company and Golf Hotel which were on the list of parastatals to be sold.
The deputy governor said that the leadership in Kakamega county will support sugarcane development to ensure the sustainability of sugar milling companies in the county.
“I told the President when he was in Malava that Mumias Sugar factory which is being revived and privately owned Butali Sugar Mills will die because of lack of cane and he accepted that cane farmers be given subsidised fertiliser by the national government,” he said.
He said that the two factories were operating at 30 per cent capacity while West Kenya was operating at 32 per cent capacity because of the lack of sugarcane.
(Edited by Tabnacha O)