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November 18, 2018

Two Wajir MPs, 15 MCAs ditch ODM for Uhuru's Jubilee Party

President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto when they received 3 Wajir MPs, 15 MCAs who defected from ODM to Jubilee on Monday, March 6, 2017. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto when they received 3 Wajir MPs, 15 MCAs who defected from ODM to Jubilee on Monday, March 6, 2017. /PSCU

Two Wajir MPs from the Degodia community on Monday defected from ODM to Jubilee saying they can no longer continue being in the Oposition.

Together with 15 MCAs among them Speaker Bishar Omar, they said their decision was driven by Jubilee's development record in the county.

MPs Adan Keynan Wehliye (Eldas), and Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi (Tarbaj) said they want to work with the 'winning team'.

They were led by Wajir East MP Abass Sheikh Mohamed who was elected on a Jubilee ticket in the last general elections.

Keynan said: "Your Excellency you know us. We are always clear on our decisions. When we were joining the opposition we declared during the daylight." 

"This is the same thing we are doing here. What we are doing here is building an inclusive county," Keynan said at State House on Monday.

They told President Uhuru Kenyatta to scale up the government's drought mitigation efforts at the county.

Uhuru, for his part, said he has all along had the desire to work with the people of Wajir for the sake of unity and stability of the region.

"I am happy with the decision you have made. This has been my prayer since 2013. It was our intention to work with you," the President said.

"The most important thing in development is unity and stability. Where there is no unity and peace, there can be no development," Uhuru said.

The President said the government is undertaking several development projects intended to improve the living standards of in Wajir residents.

He said a water and sewerage project within the county is still on course, adding that the same will be implemented as soon as possible.

The head of state said the tarmacking of Modogashe-Samata Road and phase two of Modogashe-Kutulo road will also be factored.

"We will ensure Northeastern region is open for business and investments by constructing these roads," the President said.

"Before we finish our second term, the government will build the Garissa-Mandera to bitumen standards," he added.

Uhuru urged all communities in Northeastern to join hands and work together for the sake of peace and stability in the region.

Deputy President William Ruto, who was also present, said the leaders have done the right thing by joining Jubilee.

He said JP’s aim is to bring all Kenyans together.

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