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Wetang’ula renews calls for Western unity with key Kakamega meeting

Thursday, June 6th, 2024 15:48 | By
Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya Moses Wetang'ula PHOTO/@NAssemblyKE/X
Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya Moses Wetang'ula PHOTO/@NAssemblyKE/X

Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Masika Wetang'ula has renewed calls for Western unity by convening a strategic meeting in Kakamega.

According to Wetang'ula, over 60 Members of County Assembly (MCAs) from the region joined him in discussing the region's matters.

The issue of regional unity dominated the meeting with leaders advocating for togetherness in advancing their issues.

"I held a consultative meeting with over 60 MCAs from Kakamega County to discuss regional matters, inclusive of how to unify the community," a statement shared on Thursday, June 6, 2024, by Wetang'ula read in part.

Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang'ula. PHOTO/Moses(@HonWetangula)/X
Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang'ula. PHOTO/@HonWetangula/X

Others issues discussed

According to the National Assembly Speaker, the leaders who convened for the meeting deliberated on how to legalise the ward fund to help the MCAs properly execute their duties.

MCAs also informed Wetang'ula of the need to make the county assembly independent.

"We also discussed specific issues touching on the County Assembly such as how to constitutionalise the Ward Fund, Pension, Independence of the County Assembly and gazettement of the Kakamega Level Six Referral Hospital," Wetang'ula added.

Other than MCAs, local leaders also attended the meeting convened by Wetang'ula in Kakamega.

Calls for unity

Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has been leading the calls for Western unity. The first-time governor has rattled feathers with his 'Tawe' outfit which has been making inroads in the region.

The governor has also in the recent past been leading calls to castigate the senior leaders from the region for failing to advocate for the development agenda.

His continued push has put him at a crossroads with leaders from the region. However, Natembeya has remained bullish with his push for the region's unity.

With Wetang'ula's meeting, the region is set to intensify calls for unity even as Mt Kenya leaders continue to clash over Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's stance on the issue.

Despite criticism, Gachagua has remained adamant with his push for Mt Kenya unity.

"When we call for unity of this region, it is not against anybody. There are people confusing our unity agenda with tribalism, they get it wrong," Gachagua stated.

"Far from it, people want unity of purpose so that we can effectively push for our fair share of the national cake and relevance in the national political discourse. If we are not united, we will not be strong."

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