Even with Devolution, Western Kenya still lags behind in development No economic activities of impactful nature has taken place for a very long time. What has happened instead is the closing down of the agricultural based factories especially the sugar factories that majority of the population depended upon. Maize farming has not faired well either.
The situation therefore calls for the leaders of the two main parties in the region to start thinking out of the box . The thinking that one must be president in order to serve one's people should be discarded and a new approach being witnessed in mt. Kenya be adopted. Musalia, Wetangula, the current governors Members of Parliament etc need to come together to chart a way forward that will benefit the region.
For starters, Musalia should abandon his bid for presidency since truth be told, he can't make it this time round but maybe in future once he builds his stature and network. Instead he together with other regional leaders need to come up with a list of things they wish whoever takes over power between Ruto and Raila should implement in the region such as revival of the collapsed sugar industry. Once the items are agreed upon, the leaders should approach the two front runners with a view of establishing who between them will be in a position to tackle the problems and therefore deserve the support of voters in the region. It will be upon the leaders to go around the region drumming up support for that individual.
Otherwise remaining silent or mounting campaigns for presidency that are destined to failure is akin to letting down the people who have placed their faith in them. Western leaders need to wake up.
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