Cs Wamalwa defends Western development initiative

Devolution Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa addresses journalists in Kitale on July 5, 2020. Photo/aspect News

Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa has hit out at ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula for faulting his initiative to transform the economy of Western Kenya.

Mudavadi and Wetang’ula had accused Wamalwa and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya of hoodwinking the electorate in the region to subscribe to a certain political narrative through cosmetic developments.

The cabinet secretary has however accused attempting to scuttle the development initiative to achieve a political goal while caring less about challenges hampering economic development in the region.

“They have alleged that we only borrowed for a bus when we met the president yet they have overlooked the real issues that we discussed. They are being insincere,” he spoke in Kitale while flagging off food distribution.

Mr. Wamalwa further laughed off the declaration by Mudavadi and Wetang’ula that they are the sole spokesmen of the Luhya community saying he is not interested in such titles but development.

“It is true that I have little experience when compared to the two who have served in government for more than 52 years but the big question is what have they achieved for the community,” he noted.

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The cabinet sectary said his working relation with governors in the region is focused on transforming the region economically while the other team is only interested in the 2022 general elections.

“We want to craft solutions that will benefit future generations while our critics are merely interested in securing positions in the next general elections. They have personal interests,” he said.

Area Governor Patrick Khaemba said the region should embrace initiatives geared towards addressing socio-economic saying its time stalled economic projects in the region are revived to benefit locals.

“The Sugar sector revival initiative has kicked off. We also request the president to implement recommendations on revival of the Maize sector which has seen farmers incur losses in the recent,” said Governor Khaemba.

Area county assembly speaker Joshua Werunga called on Cs Wamalwa to keep on with his initiative saying his critics are hypocrites who have been blocking developments in the region.