Succession politics dominated the burial of Engineer Daniel Were Okhoba, the son to Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi in Butula on Wednesday, with leaders burying the hatchet to give discussions a chance.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Senator Amos Wako, MPs John Bunyasi, Oundo Mudenyo, Joseph Oyula, Engineer Vincent Sidai and former Funyula MP Dr Paul Otuoma said infighting will only help divide the county and derail its gains.
The Governor said he was happy to see the burial of Eng Daniel bring leaders together and singing in one voice, noting that Busia would be miles away had the same scenario been replicated several years back.
“I salute the discussion agenda fronted by leaders here in Butula today. Regular discussions will spur economic development and attract investors,” he said, noting that he fully supports the idea.
HE Ojaamong told his 2017 gubernatorial opponent Dr Otuoma that he has buried the hatchet, emphasising that they are now great friends.
“Backing the Building Bridges Initiatives, the Governor said by channeling 35 per cent of the total budget to counties will turn counties into industrial hubs,”he said.
He told other aspirants for Governor who were present that his deputy HE Mulomi had what it takes to fit into his shoes, telling other aspirants that BBI will create many positions at national level.
“HE Mulomi and I are working peacefully unlike other counties. I will delegate 80 per cent of my duties to him in this remaining term to enable him absorb the heat,” he added.
Senator Amos Wako acknowledged that the Deputy Governor was in the forefront in the County comforting everybody and inspecting projects, a clear indication the Governor has given him leeway. ” It looks like he is being trained.”
Emeritus Attorney General said he fully supports round table discussions, noting that Busia is our County and it has a lot of potential.
Fr Chris Wakhungu of Port Victoria Parish, who delivered the sermon, thanked the prevailing unity in the county which he attributed to the spirits of the late Eng Daniel Okhoba, urging the leaders to uphold the unity past 2022 elections.
Kakamega DG Prof Kutima called for discussions to extend to other counties in the region, challenging Wako to spearhead the talks being the senior most from region.
Other leaders present includes Deputy Governors Prof Charles Ngome (Bungoma), Patrick Saisi (Vihiga) and Dr Mathews Owili (Kisumu).