Elected leaders divided on whether to field a presidential candidate in 2022 or enter into a pact with other communities.
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.
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.