Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba will today flex his political muscle as he brings together 40 Luhya MPs to a meeting in Vihiga’s Sosa Cottage.
Under the aegis Â of Western Parliamentary Caucus, the Budalangi MP who recently caused a storm within ODM when over 50 MCAs he hosted in Kakamega released a thinly veiled threat to quit ODM ahead of 2017 if the party continue to mistreat the Budalangi MP who is the party’s Secretary General.
Sources privy to the meeting reveal the retreat will focus on the regionâ€™s political destiny ahead of the 2017 General Election. Ababu is secretly setting Western to cut links with ODM and cut a political deal with President Uhuru as it is increasingly clear the TNA leader is not keen on re-election with Deputy President William Ruto on the same ticket.
An odd item lined up for discussion during the meeting will be the changes in PAC where Mr. Namwamba was unceremoniously ejected following accusations of corruption and later replaced by Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo.
Western Kenya is said to be uneasy with the changes, arguing the seat should have been reserved for a legislator from the region.Â Nicholas Gumbo hails from Nyanza.
The meeting will also discuss the troubled Mumias Sugar Company and Mudete tea factory which offer employment to thousands of workers in Western Kenya. WPCâ€™s primary objective is to collectively address and promote the economic, social and political interest ofÂ people in Western Kenya regardless of political affiliations.
â€œWe commit ourselves to pursue the common cause of propelling the economic, social and political aspirations of our people in Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga and Busia counties,â€ noted Ababu.
While the Busia retreat locked out senators and governors, Ababu said they would today discuss the possibility of bringing them on board to help ease the political tensions their exclusion had generated.
â€œWe are also going to look at the possibility of roping in key leaders such as Amani coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi and former Cabinet Minister Cyrus Jirongo,â€ added Ababu.
Ward representatives from the region have also established a similar caucus under the chairmanship of Cleophas Malala of Kakamega County.
The first meeting of the caucus was held at Kakamegaâ€™s Golf hotel over a week ago with 49 Members of County AssembliesÂ drawn from Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia, Bungoma and Trans-Nzoia counties attending.