Doubts over fresh Luhya unity quest
SEE ALSO :Speculation mounts as Moi, Mudavadi meetPolitical undertones punctuated the event, as every speaker underscored the need for unity of purpose. There was also a rallying call to have them back one of their own in 2022. Locals were once again left disappointed after the leaders left them with a call to action, a promise of further talks and a halfhearted vow to follow in the footsteps of Wamalwa. “Wamalwa brought together all leaders in Western, that is the direction we must take as leaders,” said Wetang’ula. Mr Wekesa asked the leaders to brace hard for eventualities ahead since there were already two front-runners in the 2022 election in Deputy President William Ruto and Opposition chief Raila Odinga. But other politicians from the region were quick to pour cold water on these recent attempts, terming them selfish and out of touch with current realities.
SEE ALSO :Moi, Kalonzo alliance mooted“People talk of Luhya unity, yet if you analyse our voting patterns, we always vote together for the preferred presidential candidates fronted by our leaders. Our people are already united. The problem with leaders singing about unity is that they want to benefit individually,” Oparanya said. Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala also dismissed the new unity push. “There are those who are telling Luhyas to unite so they can get jobs. We must have the unity of helping our people evade poverty, boost our economy and infrastructure. But any unity targeting only a few leaders is useless and I will not support it,” Malala said. At the Wamalwa memorial, Mudavadi urged those present to sign a new MoU to show their commitment to the fresh unity road map. “It is not enough for the leaders to declare that they will rally behind one of them, they must have been bold to choose who to fly the Western flag and vow to stand with him,” said Martin Andati, a political commentator. According to Andati, most of the politicians present, especially the MPs have a soft spot for Ruto. “Most of them have been trooping to Mr Ruto’s home and it would be a daunting task for them to commit to a unity agreement signed by the leaders,” he said. Andati said there exist a lot of intrigues and dynamics that would make it hard for the unity deal to hold. He said Luhya leaders would need to get more creative and find ways of ring fencing Western to lock out political rivals. ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna and nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi also dismissed the unity talks. [John Shilitsa, Eric Lungai and Peris Barongo]