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Tuesday 21 April 2015


Sabatia, Kenya - Amani Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi has told off Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale over his criticism of appointments made by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Mr Mudavadi especially took issue with Dr Khalwale’s terming of Eugene Wamalwa’s nomination for the position of Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation a clerical appointment. On Saturday, Dr Khalwale dismissed Wamalwa’s nomination by President Uhuru as “a ploy to woo residents of Western Kenya through small jobs handed to friendly individuals” and described the Water docket as “kazi ya mkono” (clerical job). But addressing the Press at his Mululu home yesterday, Mudavadi said the recent appointments considered diversity and should be encouraged given that the administration has in the past been under attack for lack of inclusion. “The appointment of Eugene Wamalwa, General Samson Mwathethe as Chief of Kenya Defence Forces and other officers to the various positions in Government, shows a departure from Jubilee government’s normal way of doing things. It shows some cohesion and integration,” said Mr Mudavadi. See also: Uhuru’s slip of tongue or costly gaffes? The former Deputy Prime Minister said Amani Coalition has always told the President to show national integration by involving all Kenyans in public appointments rather than just pleasing those who voted for him. He asked leaders to look at the appointments from a broader perspective. Advertisement DEROGATORY TERMS “Let us acknowledge that this has happened and urge the Government not to relapse. “This inclusivity must be sustained and not just preserved for those who vote for a particular government,” said Mudavadi. He said it was hypocritical for people in the Opposition, who have been asking for the Government to reflect the face of the country, to use derogatory statements to criticise the Government’s latest move. “As leaders and Kenyans as a whole, we need to be more realistic and mature in articulating certain issues. Politics should not go as low as to be associated with duping and unnecessary hype. There is little dignity in the eyes of the voters about this animal called politician,” he said.

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