President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, January, 25, held a meeting with a cross-section of Western Kenya leaders who paid him a courtesy visit at State House, Nairobi.

Kenyatta assured the leaders, drawn from the five Western Kenya Counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Trans-Nzoia and Vihiga, of the Government's commitment to ensure all ongoing development projects in the populous region are completed as scheduled.

On their part, the leaders who included Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Wilbur Ottichillo (Vihiga) and Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia) thanked the President for the various development projects which they said had transformed the lives and wellbeing of the people of Western Kenya.

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The leaders particularly thanked President Kenyatta for his timely intervention that led to the degazettement of Chetambe Hills as a national forest reserve.

The enforcement of the July 2021 gazettement of the heavily-settled 406-acres of land would have led to the displacement of over 10,000 residents of Maraka and Mihuu Wards in Webuye East Constituency, Bungoma County.

The meeting comes barely days after ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi announced a pact with Deputy President William Ruto. 

Mudavadi declared that he won't work with the ODM leader Raila Odinga in the forthcoming polls under his Azimio la Umoja brigade. 

"The ANC stand which I am privileged to announce is that the spectator called Azimio, is not an option when it comes to partnership," the ANC leader said.

On the other hand, DP Ruto stated, "We have had an in-depth discussion with my brothers and we have agreed that Kenya is greater than any one of us. We are going to walk this journey with many Kenyans. I would like to announce that the journey to bring this country has started at Bomas. The next stop will be Wednesday in Nakuru County and then Friday in Western Kenya and then Saturday in Central Kenya."