– This has caused uproar from their parties that have accused them of betrayal and supporting Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid
– Barasa has maintained that the leaders association with Ruto is purely for development purpose and not any other agenda
Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has come to the defence of leaders allied to National Super Alliance (NASA) but working with Deputy President William Ruto.
Speaking on Saturday, January 19, at Naitiri High School during a fund raiser, Barasa said the leaders’ dalliance with Ruto was purely for development purpose.
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Barasa said it was unfair for the leader’s relationship with Ruto to be interpreted as defiance against their parties urging that closeness with the DP was a sure way of spurring development in units they represent.
“Even if the current president and his deputy come from rival political backgrounds, it is important we respect and work with them to achieve development. Those of us who went to Ruto’s place, we did not go visiting a ritualist. We went to see the deputy president of Kenya.
I am a Jubilee MP, but if I decide to join FORD-Kenya’s Bungoma governor for development purpose , my supporters can not accuse me of betraying them. This is because our agreement is premised on a transformation course,” said the legislator.
His remarks come at a time when two Amani National Congress (ANC) MPs Titus Khamala (Lurambi) and Jastus Murunga have been accused of betraying their party.
The two were in company of DP Ruto when he visited Western region and ANC leadership had threatened to commence disciplinary action against them
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has also been spitting fire against his predecessor Boni Khalwale and Turbo MP Janet Sitienei.
Malala accused Khalwale of not being sincere with himself by professing to support Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid yet he was once the DP’s greatest critique.
According to the senator, MP Sitieni had asked his counterparts to work with Ruto if they wanted development to be extended to their areas.
“We are not beggars and can not go to Ruto’s place to requests for development. It is our constitutional right,” said Malala in an earlier event.
Khalwale is also faced by pressure to resign as a FORD Kenya Party official for not supporting Party leader Moses Wetangula who eyes running for presidency.
Among MPs from Western region whose association with the DP has irked their Opposition counterparts include Dan Wanyama (Webuye), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), John Waluke (Sirisia) and Woman Representative Gladys Kedogo (Vihiga).
The Kimilili legislator pressed upon leaders to embrace change adding that they should not use their hard line political stands to keep development away from their people.
“It really does not count on what type of approach you take to bring development to your people. All that matters is that when we sit at a table at the end of the day, we will be able to account and show people how much our different ways have yielded for their good,” said Barasa.
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