Kenyan politicians from both sides of the aisle set aside their political differences on Sunday for a fundraiser in Shinyalu, Kakamega County.
Led by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, the leaders raised northwards of Ksh8 million during the interdenominational prayer and thanksgiving service.
President William Ruto, who was absent from the service, donated Ksh2 million, followed by his deputy, who was also missing from the venue, contributing Ksh1 million.
Mudavadi and National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula followed suit with contributions of Ksh1 million each.
Fernandes Barasa, the Kakamega Governor allied to Raila Odinga-led ODM Party, contributed Ksh500,000. Mumias West MP Johnson Manya, also allied to ODM, contributed Ksh50,000 at the event.
Other leaders who made contributions were Trade CS Moses Kuria (Ksh700,000), National Assembly Majority Whip Sylvanus Osoro (Ksh200,000), Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka (Ksh200,000) and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wah (Ksh500,000).
Others are Senate Majority Leader Aaron Cheruiyot (Ksh500,000), Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen (Ksh500,000), Sports CS Ababu Namwamba (Ksh200,000) and Health CS Susan Nakhumicha (Ksh100,000).
At the event, Mudavadi quashed claims of a fallout between him and the National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang'ula following reports alleging a political tiff between the two over political supremacy.
The PCS noted that the two are working in tandem to unite Western Region and champion for development within the region.
"I want you to know that the Speaker of the National Assembly is none other than Moses Masika Wetang'ula; he is the leader of the Legislature. I am in the Executive, our leader is President William Ruto the Deputy leader is Rigathi Gachagua and then I am there," he told the congregation.
"Two arms of government, why are you inciting people every day that Wetang'ula and Musalia. I can't go and be the Speaker."
Lusaka, on the other hand, praised Barasa's leadership of the Western Governors block in championing for good returns for sugar farmers.
He acknowledged that the leaders from the region had united and are working closely with the national government to ensure that farmers from the region, especially those contracted by state firms, are compensated accordingly.