You led UDF to Ju­bilee so shut up, Washiali tells Mu­davadi

‘He has failed to stand alone and sell his name. That is why he is sid­ing with Cord. Why is he op­posed to our work­ing with Ju­bilee when he is work­ing with Cord?’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - SHABAN MAKOKHA @she­ba­maks

Stop ma­lign­ing us when you are the one who led us to Ju­bilee in the first place, Kakamega Ju­bilee Party MPs have told ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi. Mu­mias East MP Benjamin Washiali said it was Mu­davadi who ne­go­ti­ated with the Ju­bilee coali­tion to work with UDF.

“He took us into a new mar­riage with Ju­bilee and we are com­fort­able in the mar­riage. He should not ask us to di­vorce from our nup­tials to seek a new spouse,” he said. Mu­davadi ditched UDF for the Amani Na­tional Congress last year.

UDF was among the par­ties that merged to form JP on Septem­ber 9. The MPs who moved to JP in­clude Bernard Shi­nali (Ikolo­mani), Em­manuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Malulu In­jendi (Malava) and Washiali.

Washiali said Mu­davadi and then UDF sec­re­tary gen­eral Dan Ameyo en­tered into a writ­ten agree­ment with Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto to work to­gether.

He was ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists in Mu­mias town on Sun­day. “It’s that agree­ment that made me the deputy chief whip in the Na­tional As­sem­bly from the gov­ern­ment side,” Washiali said. He said Mu­davadi’s ul­ti­ma­tum that they leave JP was an in­sult to the MPs and their vot­ers.

Washiali said he sup­ported Mu­davadi in his 2013 pres­i­den­tial race and helped him get 8,000 votes in Mu­mias East.

“I got 18,000 while Mu­davadi got 8,000. Were it not for my ef­forts, he would have re­ceived those votes from my con­stituency. Mu­davadi should be ex­plain­ing to peo­ple who voted for him in 2013 why he led us to Ju­bilee and left us there,” he said.

“To­day, he has failed to stand alone and sell his name. That is why he is con­fus­edly sid­ing with Cord in his en­deav­ours to re­main rel­e­vant. Why is he op­posed to our work­ing with Ju­bilee when he is work­ing with Cord?”

/ SHABAN MAKOKHA

Mu­mias East MP Benjamin Washiali ad­dresses chiefs and as­sis­tant chiefs at Ka­mashia mar­ket on August 27. The MP dis­missed calls by ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi to UDF MPs who joined the Ju­bilee Party to re­turn to ANC

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