Jubilee leaders in western Kenya yesterday shocked Dr. Noah Wekesa, the national Jubilee coordinating committee co-chair when they demanded close to sh2 billion to spearhead President Uhuru’s re-election in the region.
MPs Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani) Mary Emase (Teso South), Ben Washiali (Mumias East), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), former ODM Youth Leader Rashid Mohammed and UDF national chairman Osman Hassan want government to ‘soften ground’ in western.
The leaders presented a memorandum to Wekesa with the demands citing the hostile reception they are receiving when they market the new party.
While they all agreed to contest the re-election on the new Jubilee ticket; each MP is demanding the equivalent of a five-year worth of salary should they lose their seats for going against the grain.
They also want the government to give assurance that they will immediately be absorbed in the government if President Uhuru wins the 2017 re-election but they lose.
The leaders also demanded a special kitty of sh10 million each set aside for their weekend activities in their respective constituencies. They also want the government to enhance their security, saying they face physical threats ever since they indicated they are supporting the government.
“We are chased away from funerals whenever we talk about Jubilee and we need to be facilitated so we soften the ground,” Shinali said.
The leaders also called on Chiefs to invite them to speak during funerals they may not be aware of, saying it has become increasingly difficult to get crowds to address as people view them as traitors.
Wekesa said he will present the memorandum to President Uhuru.