Disunity among the Luhya community is to blame for poor development in Western region, Deputy President William Ruto has said. “I want to assure the people from Western Kenya that the Jubilee government is willing to develop all parts of Kenya including the Western region.
But your continued disunity is a setback,” Ruto said during the homecoming of Bumula MP Boniface Otsyula at Mungore Primary school grounds in Bungoma County yesterday. He said despite the many political party differences, the region can still develop if its leaders speak with one voice. “We want to work with all of you but you should vote for one party instead of voting for different parties and individuals,” Ruto said.
Ruto, who was responding to complaints from Western Kenya leaders that the Jubilee government has failed to appoint leaders and managers from the region to national positions, promised that the government will not sideline the region. “We have not exhausted positions in the national government. Give us time.
We will soon make appointments that will include people from the Western region,” Ruto said in response to calls to include New Ford Kenya leader Eugene Wamalwa in the government.
Malava MP Injendi Malulu kicked off the debate, blaming the Jubilee Government for failing to appoint people from the Western region to national positions. Interestingly the region voted overwhelmingly for CORD and Amani candidates rather than Jubilee.
“A look at today’s The Standard on Saturday lists a number of parastatal chairmen but there is no one from this region. We want the government to balance positions so that we are also included in government,” Maluku said. Ruto pleaded for more time saying it is too early to judge the performance of the Jubilee Government.
Ailing factories Wamalwa, the New Ford Kenya leader, asked the Deputy President to ensure major cane factories in Western region all not allowed to collapse. “We want an assurance from your government that our factories including Nzoia and Mumias will not collapse.
Already, Panpaper has collapsed and we don’t want to see another one following suit,” Eugene said. The DP promised to ensure the ailing sugar factories of Nzoia and Mumias are bailed out.