ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo now says President William Ruto will retain his seat in the 2027 elections.
Owalo told Nyanza voters to make the right choice of joining the winning team before it is too late.
“Allow me to give you this leakage. We shall win again in 2027, so you’d better join us now in UDA to ensure you are a major stakeholder in the next government,” said Owalo.
The Cabinet Secretary was addressing farmers drawn from the sugar, cotton, and rice sector at his rural home in Rarieda, Siaya County over the weekend.
Allow me to GIVE YOU THIS LEAKAGE. We shall win again in 2027, so you’d better join us now in UDA to ensure you are a major stakeholder in the next government
Owalo has recently been hosting players from various sectors in the Nyanza region at his home in what he terms development discourse.
However, such meetings are always laced with political sentiments aimed at strengthening Kenya Kwanza Coalition in the region.
The meetings come amid anti-Kenya Kwanza government protests by Azimio Coalition over high cost of living and jostling for reconstitution of electoral agency, IEBC.
Owalo however said time for anti government sentiments was long gone, and it was time to craft a new modus operandi that will see the Nyanza community work closely with the government of the day.
Reviving the agricultural sector
Farmers at the meeting called for national assembly to expedite the passage of the Sugar Act that will see the reintroduction of the Sugar Board and Sugar Development levy.
“Without sugar board and the sugar development levy, the sector has been left without proper representation and fund that can mitigate various problems bedeviling the sector,” said Atyang Atyang.
No investor will buy or invest in the millers without land . We have to cede ground and allow investors to take control of the nucleus owned by the milling companiesAtyang Atyang
Atyang also called for hastening of privatisation of government owned sugar millers.
“There has been case after case that have stifled any efforts to privatise government owned millers. We must rise above petty land politics, move forward with the privatisation,” he said.
He added: “No investor will buy or invest in the millers without land . We have to cede ground and allow investors to take control of the nucleus owned by the milling companies.”
The farmers also want cotton farming fully revived in the region to cater for the growing demand of cotton in the country.
Owalo promised to organise for a meet up between the farmers and President Ruto so as to have the issued canvassed at higher levels.