By Godfrey Wamalwa…
NASA co-principal Moses Wetang’ula now claims he consulted Bukusu elders before opting out of the presidential race and returning to defend his senatorial seat.
Without naming the elders or group the FORD-Kenya leader said the aged men had expressed satisfaction at the power sharing strategy adopted by the principals before resolving to support ODM leader Raila Odinga.
He claimed the council of elders felt he should in the meantime retain the senator’s seat as he awaits constitutional amendments to create the proposed posts of prime minister and deputies should NASA win the August 8 polls.
Speaking at different places across Bungoma County during FORD-Kenya campaigns Wetang’ula expressed hopes that he would retain the seat because the area was an opposition zone.
Jubilee leaders led by secretarial candidate Dr, Juma Mukhwana had criticized Wetang’ula over his last minute about turn to run for the position arguing that he did not consult the electorate.
He argued that several people had been spending their resources on campaigns to take over the senators seat since he (Wetang’ula) launched his presidential campaign last year adding that asking them to step down in his favor amounted to dictatorial leadership.
‘’We were not happy when NASA candidate and running mate came to Bungoma and announced that they were going to prevail upon senatorial candidates to withdraw from the race so that Wetang’ula could go in unopposed’’ he said.
Meanwhile Bungoma gubernatorial candidate on FORD-K ticket Wafula Wangamati took his campaign to Mt. Elgon area and promised to give them five senior slots in the county government if he wins the seat.
He said among the seats reserved for sabots include speaker of the county assembly, two county executive committee members and two chief officers.
Currently there is one C.E.C. member the deputy governor chairman of the public service board deputy speaker and one chief officer.
Speaking at Chepkurkur in Cheptais Sub county Wangamati said his administration would except t small scale traders from paying levies to the county government.