Ford Kenya Party Leader Moses Wetang’ula has confirmed he will not attend Bukhungu II Luhya unity meeting due to other engagements.
Wetang’ula this morning took to his Twitter handle to announce that he will meet party officials in Trans Nzoia County to plan for the 2022 General Election before attending a boat racing event in Busia County.
“Today I am meeting Ford Kenya Officials and party candidates in Trans Nzoia to plan for 2022. Thereafter I will attend end year boat racing at Number Beach in Bwiri ward Busia County,” he tweeted.
Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary-general Francis Atwoli who is also the convener of the meeting said they invited the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) leaders because the meeting was not for a specific political outfit.
According to Atwoli, the organisers invited ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Kanu’s Gideon Moi and Wetang’ula to be part of their pronouncement ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Atwoli said Mudavadi was invited as Luhya spokesperson while the other OKA principals were invited as friends.
“Mudavadi is still the spokesperson of the Luhya community. So we are only interested to know who will be part of the next government. That is why we have invited him, Wetang’ula and other OKA principals who are our friends,” said Atwoli.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala had on Tuesday said the Bungoma Senator and Mudavadi will not attend the Atwoli-convened meeting in Bukhungu but were the guests of honour at the Cleo Malala Super Cup tournament at Mumias Sports Complex for the finals.
“Uniting the Mulembe people using soccer. Musalia Mudavadi and Wetang’ula confirmed guests in the 4th edition of the biggest tournament in East Africa,” said Malala.
It is now apparent Wetang’ula will skip both meetings which are underway in Kakamega County.
Both Gideon and Kalonzo have not confirmed if they will attend or not.
Wetang’ula, Kalonzo and Mudavadi on December 9 snubbed ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja event at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium where he announced his fifth State House bid.
Deputy President Ruto To Reverse SGR Port Order
Deputy President will reverse legal and executive changes over the use of the standard hand road (SGR) — a pet design of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration — should he win the presidential bean on August 9.
Mr Ruto said on Tuesday he’d return major operations shifted to Naivasha and Nairobi to the Coast to end the profitable privation facing original communities.
“It was never the intention of the government to build the SGR so that the coastal people can be impoverished. The SGR was meant to make the port much more efficient and to improve the business and the fortunes of the Coastal people,” he said in Nairobi on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, a few people took hostage the whole project and ended up with selfish programmes to the detriment of the coastal people.”
President Kenyatta’s administration has supported the SGR design, which he has maintained has reduced the logistics cost and boosted indigenous connectivity and integration and profitable growth of Kenya’s inland.
Kenya is obliged to recognize prepayment of the Sh327 billion it espoused for the design from the Exim Bank of China in May 2014 and started repaying last time after the expiry of the five- time grace period.
President Kenyatta has argued the SGR and the new inland vessel outstations in Nairobi and Naivasha have reduced traffic bettered outback connectivity and prodded profitable growth.
About 30 percent of all weight coming through Mombasa harborage goes to neighbouring countries.
Deputy President William Ruto and Mr Odinga are the leading campaigners to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta who’ll leave the office at the end of indigenous two terms.
Dr Ruto is running on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket.
President Kenyatta also said before that the completion of the depots and inception of freight services will significantly support and give harborage, for the development of the proposed Naivasha Industrial Park.
He said the- forecourt- cadence Naivasha ICD won’t only help relieve pressure on the Port of Mombasa and the Nairobi ICD but will also take the weight closer to Uganda and South Sudan by a farther 120 kilometers from Nairobi.
DP William Ruto To Reverse Uhuru’s Port, SGR Deals
Deputy President William Ruto says the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) design was commandeered to enrich a many individualities.
He was speaking moment at his Karen hearthstone when he ate the Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi to his Kenya Kwanza coalition.
Ruto promised that should Kenya Kwanza win the August 9 election, they will shoulder executive and legal way to reverse some aspects of the design which, he said, had come the biggest neediness to the people of Mombasa and the Coast region.
“It was never the intention of the government to build the SGR so that the Coastal people can be impoverished. The SGR was meant to make the port much more efficient and to improve the business and the fortunes of the Coastal people,” Ruto said.
“Unfortunately, a few people took hostage the whole project and ended up with selfish programs to the detriment of the Coastal people.”
“We as Kenya Kwanza have signed a commitment with PAA on matters they have brought to the table; matters to do with the land, economy, and public inclusivity of Coast people,” Ruto said.
Kingi revealed that they had inked apre-election pact with Kenya Kwanza that would among other effects, reverse all functional changes carried out in the recent history, whose effect has been to dislocate some of the core conditioning of Kenya’s main seaport from Mombasa to inland depots in Nairobi and Naivasha.
“The port operations have all been moved inland and that has caused immeasurable suffering to the people of the Coast region, hence the need to reverse that,” Kingi said.
There has been contestation girding the weight handling business at the Port of Mombasa amid reports over its leasing out by the State.
In 2019 there were enterprises about the handing over of the handling of the alternate vessel terminal and one situation to the Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL), which is incompletely possessed by private enterprises.
Juggernauts by global harborage drivers through their original agents painted KNSL as‘ inept’or unfit to run the terminal as they prefer a concessionaire from outside the country.
The opponents of the KNSL deal also contended that this will give Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) an overdue advantage against rivals.