Politicians forming alliances at this time are wasting their time and resources, cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa has said.
He noted that going by the country’s historical beginnings, winning political alliances are formed between three to six months of the elections and cautioned those already engaged in early campaigns to hold their horses.
Speaking in Bungoma during the distribution of building materials to damaged schools and the poor to help them rebuild their houses destroyed by strong winds, Wamalwa said it is time to work for the people and not to ask for votes.
The CS for Devolution, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands further stressed that early campaigns are disrupting development programmes including the Agenda Four initiative by Uhuru Kenyatta with people forming political camps along political and tribal lines.
Wamalwa spoke in Kabuchai constituency as Sirisia MP, John Waluke was in his area demanding that William Ruto appoints senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka as his running mate in the 2022 general elections.
He said it had been noted that most of the Luo and Kikuyu people do not vote for candidates from other communities and told Luhyas to go for their own.
The lawmaker said fielding a Luhya presidential candidate is a sure bet to the opposition since none of them could afford to put all the community votes in one basket. He said it is difficult to unite Luhyas but it is possible for them to vote for a single candidate like they did in 2002 for retired president Mwai Kibaki and took the vice presidency through the late Michael Wamalwa.