Jubilee leaders have weighed in on a merger plan between ANC and Ford Kenya parties ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The leaders from western Kenya dismissed the plans saying that political chiefs should focus on uniting the whole region.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and National Assembly Majority Chief Whip Benjamin Washiali asked ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula to work with other leaders regardless of political affiliation.
CS Wamalwa said there was need for western region to start reflecting on its future politics and start partnering with other counties.
He welcomed the move by a section of NASA leaders saying that they want to unite Luhya nation.
“We welcome the change of heart of Mudavadi and Wetang’ula but our challenge to them is that uniting individual parties will not achieve the Luhya unity that we all desire.
“We need to look beyond parties for us to achieve our goals. We must involve other counties and share their manifesto for us to form government,” said Wamalwa.
The Devolution CS blamed the NASA co-principals for taking long to understand the political landscape of the country.
“When we asked them to work with us in Jubilee, they declined and continue to sing Opposition song. If they cannot lead the community let them remove jam and allow us lead the community towards the right direction,” he pointed out.
Washiali, who is also Mumias East MP, stated that leaders from the region should focus on forming government and not a political party.
“I support the Luhya unity but it should not be used for forming parties that will not include us in government. We need to come together and form government.
“When we merged our parties to form Jubilee they were laughing at us. They should stop uniting to form one party but focus on working together regardless of political parties. Presidency includes all tribes, if we don’t merge parties we will not achieve anything,” said Washiali.
ANC and Ford Kenya leaders from the region have hinted at possibilities of folding their parties to form one party to represent the interests of the community ahead of 2022.