Mulembe nation falls apart again as leaders split over Kibra poll
- John Shilitsa 14th Sep 2019 00:00:00 GMT +0300
The last nail seems to have been hammered into the hopes and dreams of the numerous calls for Luhya unity by Western Kenya’s political leadership in the run-up to the 2022 elections.This follows failure of two political front runners from the region, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and Amani National Congress (ANC) boss Musalia Mudavadi, to front one candidate for the Kibra by-election after numerous meetings between the two parties initially agreed to back one candidate. In addition, ANC has declared that its leader, Mr Mudavadi, who last year was installed as the Luhya kingpin, does not need any endorsement from any particular leader from the region to vie for the presidency in 2022.
Sharp divideIn recent past, the region’s political leaders have been sharply divided along two camps; those supporting Deputy President William Ruto and those backing Mudavadi’s presidential ambitions.
SEE ALSO :Owalo gets ANC Kibra nodThe new outfit, Democratic Action Party of Kenya, received a provisional certificate on August 2 from the Registrar of Political Parties. The new outfit has David Muchele as interim chairman while Kizito Temba, Wamalwa’s personal assistant, is the secretary. Wamalwa is yet to confirm or deny links to the party, which adds to numerous others in the region. The CS was the New Ford Kenya party leader before he relinquished the political outfit to Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, then Governor of Bungoma, when Wamalwa assumed the Water and Irrigation Services docket in 2015. New Ford Kenya alongside other parties were collapsed in the run-up to the 2017 General Election to form a strong Jubilee political outfit on whose ticket President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected for a second term. According to ANC Secretary-General Barrack Muluka, Mudavadi will not seek endorsement from anyone in the community to achieve his presidential ambitions.
Political alliancesBut Malala believes Mudavadi has no option but to forge a political alliance with Raila in order to enhance his visibility on the national platform. “Truth be told, Mudavadi has two options: either to work with Ruto or Raila. He will be safe if he joined forces with the ODM leader,” said Malala. Malala, who spoke at Mutemesi in Mumias East constituency, in the company of Khaniri, said Mudavadi was free to choose who he works with but warned the former Deputy Prime minister against developing a soft spot for Ruto. Osotsi accused leaders vocal about Luhya unity of hiding their heads in the sand when it matters most. “Western has not found an inspiring leader in the last 15 years after the death of former Vice President Michael Kijana Wamalwa. Maybe it is time for us to think about new leadership approach,” he said. He said the focus must now shift to molding new leaders to take up the mantle.
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