Western Kenya leaders are divided about the planning of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour of the region this week.
Some politicians have questioned the viability of some of the projects to be launched by the President during his visit.
But the main bone of contention is who should “host” Uhuru during the tour, with politicians allied to Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi demanding that he must accompany the President during the three-day tour.
They claim the visit had been hijacked by some governors in cahoots with forces from outside the region.
They accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of scheming to accompany the Head of State in a bid to revive his political fortunes in the region.
Lugari MP Ayub Savula said yesterday that Western politicians would only be part of the visit if Mudavadi will be in charge.
“They are trying to sideline Musalia to deny him support in his home turf. We will not accept that,” said Savula.
Former Cabinet Minister Amukowa Anangwe said Uhuru should be welcomed and accompanied by Mudavadi the same way Raila does whenever the President visits Nyanza.
Some local leaders protested when Raila showed up during the President’s visit of Ukambani region early this month.
But Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya told off the ANC leaders, saying the visit was strictly about development and not politics.
Oparanya, who is the ODM deputy leader, said all leaders from the Western region would be involved in the tour.
He said he and fellow governors were involved by the national government to identify projects that needed to be launched or restarted.
“We have no intention of campaigning for or sidelining anyone. I will hold a meeting with all leaders before the tour so that we can have a common stand,” he added.
During the tour, the President is expected to inspect and launch various projects in Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Bungoma counties.