Luhya leaders in Kenya Kwanza Alliance have negotiated for a 30 per cent stake of government if the coalition wins the presidency in August.

It includes seven cabinet secretaries, 16 principal secretaries and 126 chairmen of statutory boards.

“We also negotiated for 30 per cent of development projects and revival of Mumias and Nzoia sugar companies,” Kakamega governor candidate for Kenya Kwanza Cleophas Malala said on Thursday.

He said ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula led the negotiations with Deputy President William Ruto.

Ruto said during his UDA National Delegates Conference in Nairobi that he would reward Mudavadi for having dropped his bid to support him under Kenya Kwanza.

Malala and Kenya Kwanza senatorial candidate for Kakamega Boni Khalwale addressed rallies at Kakamega town on Thursday, a day after they reached a deal to work together.

They had both wanted to succeed Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

However, the duo agreed that Malala will be a gubernatorial candidate while Khalwale will go for the Senate seat.

The deal announced by Ruto in Nairobi on Wednesday is seen as part of the efforts by Kenya Kwanza to consolidate Kakamega against Azimio la Umoja and tighten their grip on Western.

Khalwale said Oparanya, Cotu boss Francis Atwoli and Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa should publicly tell Luhyas what their stake is in Azimio.

“I have a message for you and if our message will not be understood, then it will be difficult to move forward. I am not in politics for a job. I am a medical doctor,” he said.

Khalwale said Luhya leaders were in Kenya Kwanza because they learnt it can address the interests of the community.

“They are just pushing you to join Azimio but no one is saying what they have signed with ODM boss Raila Odinga,” he added.

Malala said his administration will pay for lunch for all day scholars in the county to keep them in school.

He said it will also provide funds for affordable borrowing by the small scale trader and pay NHIF subscriptions for all those aged 60 and above.

Malala however asked Oparanya to keep off his succession and allow people to make decisions on the leadership they want.

“The seat has been in the southern region for ten years and must now move either to central or northern,” he said.


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