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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Jubilee schemes to win Luhya votes leak

Our reporter

Jubilee government is working on modalities of reaching out for the Luhya community fearing defeat in 2017.
Two years after signing a post- election agreement with Musalia Mudavadi, the community is set to realise the fruits of co-operation.
According to sources William Ruto has swallowed its pride and has agreed to have Amani Coalition’s Eugene Wamalwa  handed a lucrative job in the Jubileee government any time. The plan is to help end the loud cries by leaders across Luhya land that the community has been sidelined.
The appointment of Noah Wekesa and Chris Okemo is part of the plot. Okemo now sits on the board of Kenya Seed while Wekesa chairs Bukura Agricultural Insitute Board.
Uhuru and Ruto are said to have made consultations over the need to give Wamalwa a job and other prominent Luhyas slots in government.
The idea is to have  parties allied to Jubilee coalition to unite so as to form a two horse race against Cord. “We can’t allow our affiliate parties to be fragmented this crucial time. We need to come together so that we tackle the enemy instead of going for ourselves, ” our source well versed with happenings in Jubilee explained.
Recently at a church function in Bumula constituency in Bungoma county, in the presence of Ruto, those present drummed up support for Wamalwa saying he was together with Uhuru and Ruto in the race for the presidency before Wamalwa pulled out of the race to support Mudavadi.
Trans-Nzoia women MP Janet Nangabo and Sirisia MP John Waluke noted that the people of Bungoma had remained behind in  development due to opposition politics and stressed the need for them to be in government.
Bungoma governor Kenneth Lusaka noted that the government still controlled 85pc of the total revenue collection adding counties still needed more allocation of resources for meaningful development.
If Wamalwa deal is actualised, the idea is to changee political scenario in both Bungoma and Trans-Nzoia counties. For now, New Ford-Kenya supporters in the two counties and parts of Busia and Kakamega counties are feeling cheated by Jubilee after Wamalwa and Mudavadi signed the post- election agreement.
It is not known which post Wamalwa that former Saboti MP was going to be appointed to but sources close to the powers said a ministerial appointment was imminent.
Uhuru’s government has 18 ministers whereas the constitution limit puts the number at 22 dockets.
Political analysis say such an appointment would mean the start of re-alignment as the jubilee  strategies for a re-election.
They say if Wamalwa is appointed and criss crosses North Rift and Western regions, voters in the areas who voted for Cord are likely support the government. Already, Uhuru has reached out to Kenneth Marende and appointed him mediator for Central African Republic crisis and chairman of Kenya Power Company. A move by the government to bail out Mumias Sugar is part of the scheme to endear itself to Luhyas.