Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale has defected to the Jubilee party from Ford Kenya.
During a meeting in Kakamega with Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday, Khalwale urged the Luhya community to abandon the opposition.
According to him, it is only the Jubilee party that can change the fortunes of Western.
On his part, DP Ruto said the Opposition must put its house in order and prepare for a “tough race” in 2022.
The DP said all seats in Jubilee will be won through fair and transparent contest.
“Every candidate should therefore arm himself or herself with development programmes for them to sail through,” he said.
He urged Kenyans to embrace issue-based politics adding that the current form of politics should be one informed by the desire to empower the people and erode tribalism in the society.
“For us to change our politics, we must build parties of national stature that would allow anyone to run for a seat without tribal biases,” he argued.
Other leaders present were Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, MPs David Kiaraho (Ol Kalou), Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Malili Injendi (Malava), Ben Washiali (Mumias East), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Titus Khamala (Lurambi), Justus Murunga (Matungu), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo) and Enock Kibunguchy (Likuyani).
Others were Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), George Murugara (Tharaka), Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Caleb Kositany (Soy), John Waluke (Sirisia) and Dan Wanyama (Webuye West).
Former Sports CS Rachid Echesa was also in attendance.
Earlier, the Deputy President launched the upgrade project for maintenance of a 60-kilometre road in Likuyani.
The road connects Soy-Serekea-Kilimani-Turbo to Nangili-Ziwa Machine-Ziwa Sirikwa-Maji Mazuri and Moi’s Bridge.
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