Fear has gripped state security agents that the parallel rallies being planned in Western province on January 18 may lead to bloodshed. The Building Bridges Initiative meeting is slated at Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega while a another one that has brought allies of deputy president William Ruto and those of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi will be held at Mumias,
By last week, Weekly Citizen has established, powerful forces in Internal Security ministry and being the brains behind the countrywide BBI rallies were pushing for the cancellation of the Mumias rally on grounds the Bukhungu one was first to be booked and the entire provincial security team had been mobilised to provide security. Internal Security cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i and his PS Karanja Kibicho have thrown weight behind Kakamega rally that has the blessings of president Uhuru Kenyatta, just like the Gusii one had.
It is also emerging, the Bukhungu orgainisers are linking Ruto as the financier of the Mumias rally, to counter the BBI campaigns across the country after the Kisii meeting that was attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga and other politicians.
The two Kakamega county meetings have led to local politicians drawing daggers with two camps emerging.
While at Serena Hotel Nairobi, 12 MPs from Jubilee and ANC said they will hold one in Mumias to address matters relating to sugar sector crisis moreso troubled Mumias Sugar Company and Nzoia Sugar.
The Serena Hotel press conference was addressed by ANC Western Leaders Parliamentary Caucus Chair Sakwa Bunyasi of Nambale. He was with Jubilee allied MPs led by party majority leader in parliament and Mumias East MP Ben Washiali.
Suprisingly, eight ODM MPs from the region, ANC senator Cleophas Malala, nominated MP Geoffery Osotsi and Lugari MP Ayub Savula also of ANC were not part of Bunyasi group. Weekly Citizen has information, Bunyasi consulted his party leader Mudavadi who gave him green light to hold joint press conference with Jubilee MPs.
Bunyasi wondered loud why the Bukhungu talks will not feature Luhya unity and the political road for the Mulembe nation. Fear in ANC and Moses Wetangula’s Ford-K party is that the Bukhungu rally is to install Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya as community leader thus favouring ODM where the governor is deputy leader and has declared he will run for presidency 2022.
It is on this grounds Bunyasi stated: “It also seems to be moving away from a collective leaders’ meeting to an ODM meeting. We urge the leaders to postpone the meeting and allow for proper consultations.”
Those in support of the BBI meeting chaired by Oparanya are referring to themselves as BBI originals and are fighting the so-called BBI hijackers allied to Ruto and Mudavadi.ODM MPs, senators and Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati of Ford Kenya are in Oparanya camp. ANC rebels also back the initiative. With Matiang’i having attended the Gusii stadium rally, it is widely expected, Devolution secretary Eugene Wamalwa who is key player in the BBI national rallies will attend the Bukhungu one.Wamalwa was present when Kisii governor James Ongwae announced preparations being made to host his rally together with Oparanya in Nairobi. Oparanya is the chairman of Council of Governors.
The January 18 meeting is the brainchild of Central Organisation of Trade Unions secretary general Francis Atwoli. He hosted Raila at his rural home of Khwisero.Atwoli has been a key financier of ANC and Ford K activities in Western region and his decision to tilt towards ODM despite being a Kanu life member has caught Mudavadi and Wetangula offguard.
The anti-BBI meeting leaders are now questioning Atwoli’s mandate to speak for the Western region.
That political temperature is high is well manifested in that after Bunyasi addressed the media, there was a bitter exchange of words between Lugari MP Savula, Tindi Mwale (Butere) and John Waluke (Sirisia). Waluke claimed a move had been hatched to annoint Oparanya as the region’s kingpin. On the other side, Savula claimed Ruto was using the BBI to create rift among the region leaders to be locked out in Uhuru succession game. Savula is ANC deputy party leader.
Waluke and Mwale accused Savula of being paid by Raila and Atwoli to undermine the Luhya leadership. “This meeting was sponsored by Ruto. The BBI meeting is a national issue and should not be reduced to a Luhya regional matter. If people are mobilised to attend, I will heed. I am not for the idea to postpone the meeting because it’s convened by the BBI taskforce,” said a bitter Savula
Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi backs Savula claiming, the Bunyasi team had been sent by outsiders. To Osotsi, Mudavadi is being driven to work with Ruto who is his junior in politics. “We are not going to play second fiddle to the DP. He has finished his ten years in nusu mkate with Uhuru and will not get another 10 years. The Tangatanga team is panicking that is why they do not want the BBI meeting,” he said.
Weekly Citizen has information, five governorss from Western are being funded to a tune of millions the planning of Kakamega meetings.
The five working under Oparanya (Kakamega) are Wilber Otichillo (Vihiga), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia). They held a secret meeting in Mumias to deliberate on the planned BBI meeting logistics and budget.
Mudavadi and Wetangula’s concern is that Atwoli is creating a third force in Luhya politics by financing rebellion in ANC and Ford-K in favour of ODM by financing MPs allied to the two parties who are youthful to back Oparanya