Re­vive peace talks in Bu­sia

Ojaamong urges Wako to lead the process

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - GIL­BERT OCHIENG @gochieng

Bu­sia Gov­er­nor Sospeter Ojaamong has urged Sen­a­tor Amos Wako to re­vive peace talks in the re­gion which he said have been elu­sive.

Speak­ing dur­ing the burial of Fun­yula MP Paul Otuoma’s son Mal­colm Otuoma Jnr, 19, in Bu­nandi, Samia sub­county, the gov­er­nor said Sen­a­tor Wako, as the chair­man, should take the ini­tia­tive to re­vive the talks.

“As lead­ers we need to work to­gether in­stead of en­gag­ing in con­stant wran­gles. We are doomed to fail if we spend a lot of time throw­ing salvos at each other,” Ojaamong said.

Wako said he is happy that the gov­er­nor had pro­posed the re­sump­tion of the talks. He said the unity talks stalled for lack of quo­rum in meet­ings.

“I will take the ini­tia­tive to have the talks re­sume,” Wako said.

Ojaamong said he will not leave ODM as ru­mours had sug­gested. He said he will cam­paign for Cord leader Raila Odinga

The burial was at­tended by ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi, Kakamega Gov­er­nor Wy­cliffe Oparanya, Si­aya Sen­a­tor James Orengo, MPs Mary Emaase, John Bun­yasi, Fred Outa, Olago Alu­och, David Ochieng and An­drew To­boso.

Oth­ers present were Supreme Court Judge Smokin Wan­jala, Bu­sia Deputy Gov­er­nor Kiz­ito Wan­galwa and Bu­sia speaker Bernard Wa­malwa.

Otuoma thanked God for grant­ing him 19 years to be with Mal­colm who he said was not only a son but also a friend and a sup­porter.

Speak­ing at the burial, Mu­davadi said the Na­tional Su­per Al­liance, which is be­ing crafted, is the only way to re­group, de­feat Ju­bilee in 2017 and “re­coup the coun­try’s im­age.”

It is ex­pected to bring on board all op­po­si­tion par­ties ahead of the polls.

/GIL­BERT OCHIENG

Bu­sia Sen­a­tor Amos Wako and Gov­er­nor Sospeter Ojaamong dur­ing the burial of Mal­colm Otuoma in Samia on Satur­day

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