- The leaders resolved to henceforth work together and consult each other in matters beneficial to the region under the leadership of Mudavadi
- The Prime Cabinet Secretary urged the leaders to put aside their political affiliation egos and prioritise the interest of the region.
Lawmakers from the Western on Wednesday met Prime Cabinet Minister H.E Musalia Mudavadi where they resolved to work together for the development of the region.
The MPs led by the Western Region MPs Caucus Chairman Sirisia MP John Waluke met Mudavadi in a breakfast meeting and expressed their commitment to the unity of the region.
The lawmakers were from across the political divide and the five counties of the region; Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma and Trans Nzoia as well as those from Nairobi.
The MPs underscored the need to unite and together champion the interests of the region.
The meeting was the first of its kind coming after the electioneering period.
The leaders resolved to henceforth work together and consult each other in matters beneficial to the region under the leadership of the Prime Cabinet Secretary and National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula.
The Speaker of the National Assembly was absent but he sent his apologies.
The Prime Cabinet Secretary called on the MPs to put aside their political differences and forge a working relationship that is beneficial to the people of western Kenya.
“If I stepped on you, forgive me. It has been a game of politics but it’s time we all put that behind us and forge a united team,” said Mudavadi.
“Elections are over and it’s time to heal, and hug each other and say ‘sorry it was just elections’ and move on for the sake of development of our communities. I, therefore, cannot overemphasize the need to work together, even if we don’t like each other.”
The Prime Cabinet Secretary urged the leaders to put aside their political affiliation egos and prioritise the interest of the region.
“I want us to start talking and engaging each other from all fronts. I want you to know that I am free and available for you. As we said during the campaigns, this is an open Government and as such, let us be free with each other,” he told the legislators.
Among the MPs present included those who ditched Mudavadi’s political party, ANC, for ODM. They were MPs Titus Khamala (Lurambi), Tindi Mwale (Butere), Caleb Amisi (Saboti) and Christopher Aseka (Khwisero).
Others were Senators Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), Okiya Omtatah (Busia), Allan Chesang’ (Trans Nzoia).
MPs Didmus Barasa, Beatrice Elachi, Omboko Milemba, Malulu Injendi, Mary Emaase, Elsie Muhanda, Bernard Masaka and Beatrice Adagala, Kivai Kagesi, Dick Maungu, Kakai Bisau, Clement Sloya, Patrick Simiyu, Peter Salasya, Lillian Siyoi, Dan Wanyama, Charles Gimose, Emmanuel Wangwe, Godfrey Odanga and Tim Wanyonyi of Westlands, Nairobi were also present.
The meeting, a first in a series of others to come, took a glimpse into the development projects that need the urgent attention of the government revival of the sugar sector.