Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula Saturday 3 Feb 2018 refused to stand for Deputy President William Ruto (pictured, courtesy), when the DP stepped on the main dais to address the mourners at the burial of former Second Lady Yvonne Wamalwa.
The National Super Alliance (NASA) Co-principal had just addressed the mourners where he told the Deputy President to engage the opposition in talks.
However, when DP Ruto stepped on the podium to address the mourners, one person refused to acknowledge the country’s number two – and that man is the Bungoma Senator and Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula.
Senator Wetang’ula was among the leaders seated on the front row including the Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Kiminini MP Dr Chris Wamalwa who stood when Ruto rose to speak.
Senator Moses Wetang’ula’s NASA coalition has constantly accused the Jubilee government of stealing the 2017 general election.
In a quick revenge, the DP then mocked Senator Wetang’ula for ‘willingly’ losing the election.
“My fren, you spent three years arguing on who will be your flag bearer and I warned you brother Wetang’ula,” said the former International Criminal Court suspect.
“And on our side, we had already decided it was President Uhuru to fly the Jubilee Party flag for the big seat yet you expected to beat us? Really?” Ruto added amid cheers from the mourners.
“And if you continue swaying like this, trust me come 2022, things will still go astray on your side.”
However, the DP took the opportunity to spell the condition under which the talks must be initiated.
“We will only accept talks with the opposition on development but not power sharing.” He added.
The late Yvonne Wamalwa passed away on January 25th in Nanyuki after a long battle with illness.
She was the wife of Kenya’s former Vice President Michael Wamalwa who died in August 2003.
Earlier on, Cabinet Secretary nominee for Devolution and the brother to Ms Yvonne’s late husband Hon Eugene Wamalwa called on Luhya leaders to unite, specifically targeting another NASA principal Hon Musalia Mudavadi who skipped the event.
In his speech, Hon Eugene, who is also the Wamalwa family spokesman, called on the ANC leader to forget ‘what happened’ in December when Mr Wamalwa was ejected from a Maragoli Festival in Mudavadi’s home-yard in Vihiga County.
During the scuffle, youths attending the festival booed the cabinet secretary apparently for his association with the Jubilee Government.
Eugene asked Senator Wetang’ula to tell Hon Mudavadi that the beef is over and that he has forgiven him [for allegedly setting the youths against him].
“Senator Wetang’ula, kindly tell Hon Mudavadi that I have forgiven him and he is free to come to this family even if he has skipped Yvonne’s burial.” Eugene said.
Among the leaders who attended the burial include Sanate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Governors Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Wilberforce Oticholo (Vihiga), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia), MPs Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini) and others.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga did not attend the burial.