From left, sports cabinet secretary Ababu Namwamba, Busia governor Paul Otuoma and Budalangi MP Raphael Wanjala
After six years of not meeting eye to eye, fiery Budalangi member of parliament Raphael Wanjala and his predecessor Ababu Namwamba have finally buried the hatchet and vowed to work together for the benefit of area residents.
The turning point of the duo's relationship was marked today at Ches Bay hotel where the sports cabinet secretary had organised a grand homecoming ceremony that attracted leaders from across board.
Governor Otuoma louded Wanjala and Namwamba for chatting a new beginning saying that development politics should reign as opposed to divisive engagements.
"As leaders of Busia, we Must embrace to build a new synergy of developmental politics and shun away divisive engagements and enmity." Otuoma said
"The move by Budalangi leaders Hon. Raphael Wanjala, Mp and Waziri Ababu Namwamba to unite for the betterment of our people is highly appreciated and this should be the spirit of all leaders and our supporters across." He added.
Namwamba's relationship with Wanjala got sour in 2017 when he successfully challenged him in the Budalangi parliamentary elections on an ODM ticket. At that time, Namwamba had fell out with Raila and quit ODM in favour of the Labour Party of Kenya.
It should be noted that Wanjala had previously served as Budalangi MP from 1997 to 2007 when he was ousted by Namwamba, only for him to recapture the seat in 2017 to date.
After loosing the Budalangi seat, Namwamba got a lifeline in January 2018, when he was nominated to the position of Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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