Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba has declared that his Labour Party of Kenya will work closely with the Jubilee Party to promote mature politics and development in western Kenya.

Mr Namwamba on Friday welcomed and accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on their tour of Busia County.

“My decision to work with Jubilee is all about mature politics that will deliver meaningful development to our community. That is the direction to go politically,” said Mr Namwamba.

The time for leaders who practised divisive politics, he said, was long gone, apparently in reference to his former boss and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Mr Namwamba was Mr Odinga’s right-hand man until earlier this year when he quit the Orange party, claiming he had been sidelined in critical decision-making.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto launched various development projects in the county that border Uganda, including the upgrading of the Ibokolo-Indangalasia-Malaa road and the Mumias water project.

The two, who were on the second day of their western Kenya tour, were accompanied by Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and his Bungoma counterpart Ken Lusaka