Western MPs call for end to sustained attacks on Sakaja by Gachagua

Members of Parliament (MP) drawn from the Western Counties have called upon President William Ruto to intervene and end the woes between the deputy president Rigathi Gachagua and Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja.

The recent differences ensued after governor Sakaja maintained that Matatu’s should not be allowed in the City CBD which according to the deputy president it seems to persecute the Mt. Kenya community.

Addressing the press on Tuesday at Hunters paradise in Bungoma town, MP’s led by Lugari MP Nabii Nabwera the secretary to the Western Kenya Members of Parliament Caucus faulted the DP asking him to leave what Sakaja implemented his promises to the people of Nairobi.

“Sakaja was elected to an office by the people of Nairobi they expect much from him, therefore the DP should present his manifesto to the people of Nairobi,” Nabii said.

The caucus also disagreed with the EALA and Kenya Kwanza PS’s and CS’s appointments saying that the western region feels shortchanged.

“Those appointments made by the Kenya Kwanza government do not represent the numbers of the western MP’s and therefore we are calling on the concerned parties including the head of state to move swiftly and take action,” he added.

However, the caucus also agreed to work with the government of the day to ensure that the region reaps big In terms of developments citing the ailing sugar industries and teachers shortage in the western region.

“We will not hesitate to point out the failures of the government if we feel the government is not playing its role to our expectation,” Lugari MP added.

Nabii faulted the government for turning a deaf ear to the western Kenya ailing sugar industries and the Malakisi cotton ginnery instead only focusing on the central Kenya industries including Miraa and tea.

“The collapse of the sugar sector in this region has greatly dragged this region behind with our combined efforts. We are going to ensure that before Ruto’s regime collapses these issues would have been resolved,” he said.

The caucus also noted that Bungoma and Kakamega counties fall among the 14 counties that have been teacher’s shortage and have been marginalized in the teacher’s recruitment with Kakamega having a teacher’s shortage of about 7,000 and Bungoma 2,000.

“We therefore call upon the teacher’s service commission to ensure equity and have a marshaled plan in teacher recruitment to end the marginalization,” he said.

The MP noted that the caucus had an extensive discussion about the Moi DEB primary results following the outcry of parents and teachers calling upon KNEC and the ministry of education to take up an immediate remedial plan and release the accurate results.

The school had made an appeal to the Kenya National Examination Council to remark on the exam and avail their results.

Kanduyi MP John Makali said that the school has always led in the past national examination adding that they have revived all the internal examination results that have been done by students and they have done very well.

“The results that were given to Moi DEB primary school by the Ministry of education aren’t our real results. We KNEC to move with speed and give us our real results,” said MP Makali.

On his part, Sirisia MP John Waluke who doubles as the chairman for the western MP’s said that the caucus aims to restore the unity that was lost since independence.


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