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Respect the Kamba nation, lawmaker tells Gachagua

Kitui Central lawmaker Makali Mulu has called out Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua over his recent comments at a funeral in Machakos on August 23, 2023.

The DP suggested the Kamba region had consistently lagged behind on the development front owing to the move to follow its kingpin Kalonzo Musyoka’s advice and overwhelmingly voted for Raila Odinga instead of President William Ruto.

In his rebuttal, Mr Mulu, in an interview on Citizen TV, suggested it was absurd for a national leader to criticize a community based on their political stance rather than offering condolences to a bereaved family in the region.

“The Kamba decided we are going to vote for Azimio and that political position should be respected. What the Deputy President should have done was to mourn with our colleague and then try persuade the community to change its political stance,” he pointed out.

The lawmaker further explained that the government should not consider a region’s political stance when it is sharing resources.

“We pay taxes to this government and we will continue to demand our share so that’s why you see some of us pushing very hard to push for things like ward development fund just like the way we have CDF.”

Speaking at the funeral, the DP has asked the community to reconsider their support for Mr Musyoka, the Wiper party leader.

Gachagua also suggested, but without sharing evidence, that Mr Odinga had already dumped Mr Musyoka and handed him a less important role as the chair of the National Dialogue.

He said: “Kamba are intelligent people. You must reconsider your support for Kalonzo. He is taking you nowhere. If you find that he is taking you to the ditch, sit with the community and discuss because you have a responsibility to. When will this community ever be in government?” Gachagua posed.

Mr Kalonzo has repeatedly shared his ambition to contest for the presidency in the 2027 polls.

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