By Stephen Makabila
The party has now decided to employ an alternative strategy.
“The feeling is that the DPM is using wrong pointmen who have for years been embroiled in political battles in the area. He should make a break and deal with fresh people who have some foothold in the politics of the two counties,” said Bungoma UDF interim chairman John Murumba Chikati.
Prof Simiyu Toywa, another UDF operative in the area, also disclosed that those who want to join the party were being frustrated.
“People want free access to Mudavadi and not through intermediaries who want to settle political scores. People are ready to unite under UDF in a bid to bring leadership to Western and it should be a fresh start,” added Prof Toywa.
Mudavadi was in Webuye and Kitale on Friday to engage elders from the two counties in a bid to win support, as a step towards consolidating Western province as a bloc behind him. After the recent Kakamega rally, his allies are now planning major rallies in Bungoma, Busia and Kitale before the DPM reaches out to areas outside the province.
His key pointman in Bungoma is former Trade and Industry Minister Mukhisa Kituyi but local leaders allied to UDF want him to concentrate on his role as National Advisor to the DPM and keep off grassroots politics.
“We feel as a national advisor, Kituyi can play his role very well but his mandate should not include trying to coordinate issues at the grassroots level. Let him operate in Nairobi and leave the grassroot to other players,” said Mr Robert Smart Wafula from Bumula.
“At first, Ford-Kenya MPs were with Mudavadi during the first press conference in Nairobi, but ministers Moses Wetangula and Noah Wekesa, assistant minister Wakoli Bifwoli and Kimilili MP Eseli Simiyu have kept a safe distance,” said Ms Norah Simiyu of Kimilili.
Mr Kombo and Dr Kituyi at one time engaged in a vicious political fight over the control of Ford-Kenya, which forced the former Trade and Industry to bolt out of the party.
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