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Wetangula responds to Natembeya’s verbal attacks

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula has broken his silence since the recent clash between his supporters and those of Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya.

The altercation between the two factions occurred at a burial ceremony attended by the senior politicians in Trans Nzoia County.

Wetangula, addressing the issue, says he is not a fan of engaging in a war of words with his colleagues.

The former Bungoma Senator emphasized that his primary focus is on uniting the Luhya community, to which he belongs, as well as the entire nation.

“I do not participate in verbal spats with other politicians,” remarked Mr Wetangula at an event in Lugari, Kakamega County.

Despite the widening rift between him and Governor Natembeya stemming from the burial incident, the Ford-Kenya leader emphasised that politicians who engage in physical altercations will face judgment from the electorate during elections.

He urged political leaders to redirect their efforts towards serving the Kenyan people.

“Those who resort to hurling insults at others will soon realise their irrelevance in the society,” he warned.

The events in Trans Nzoia have drawn condemnation from various top leaders, including Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof Kithure Kindiki, who cautioned politicians against inciting violence at public events.

Governor George Natembeya was accused of allegedly inflaming his supporters to confront Mr Wetangula.

According to Wetangula, political leaders are elected to serve the Kenyan people, and they have occupied those positions not by chance but by the will of the voters during elections.

“As leaders, we are given the privilege to serve the citizens. This authority does not belong to us but to them—the electorate. No one has an inherent right to lead in this country; it is bestowed upon you by the people,” he explained.

Mr Wetangula urged leaders to conduct themselves with decorum and respect if entrusted with positions of power.

“If allowed to lead, do so with decorum, respect, and dignity,” he emphasized.

The National Assembly Speaker reaffirmed his commitment to uniting the Western Region of Kenya and the entire country.

Natembeya meanwhile has upped his attacks on Wetangula and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi who are considered senior politicians in Western Kenya.

A former Regional Commissioner, Natembeya maintains Mudavadi and Wetangula, who’ve been in active politics for the past three decades, have not adequately served the interests of their communities and should, thus, pave the way for a younger generation.

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