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Luhya community is not divided

By Nelson Mandela | July 7th 2016

Western Kenya since time immemorial has been poised to be a darling to opposition although it has had some notable leaders who have served in the government namely Moody Awori (former vice president), late Kijana Wamalwa (former vice president) just to name a few.

Surprisingly, the region has produced notable academicians in various fields who have served this country driving our economy to present times. So anyone referring to Luhya people as cooks and watchmen should be reminded this. The region is also endowed with good weather conditions making it a hub for agricultural produce. Then this begs a question, is western Kenya needy to be in government?

Apart from floods in Budalang'i caused by river nzoia breaking its banks, it has never been 'needy' or hit by hunger as other regions in Kenya.

The only problem that is facing the region is poor state of infrastructure and electrification of remote areas. And being that devolution is in practice; our county governments should revamp our roads and open more feeder roads. Electricity is in poor state which should be addressed by national government in liaison with County governments. It is worse in Busia County for instance, where power blackouts are common and it can go up to a week or two.

In Agriculture, the presence of government agencies like PALWECO and other non-governmental organizations have helped improve agriculture especially maize farming. Furthermore, revival of Mumias sugar company, Webuye pan paper mills, is a clear indication that our lost hope is been rejuvenated.

However, the issue has been politicized where certain politicians are using it to 'seduce' voters a head of 2017 general elections. It is also worth noting that crop of West Kenya; Butali and Kabras sugar companies are empowering the region economically. Farmers need to be taught new farming methods, trends and embrace new varieties of different crops.

The region is not divided as some people put it. That is a fallacious analogy. We may be divided politically (especially in the media) but united on the ground. The region has potential to grow economically, leave aside political dramas that we trade every day. In addition, leaders need to put interests of the community first, before thinking of enriching themselves. Whether you're a jubilee mole or a CORD sycophant, Luhya nation will forever rely on your decisions.

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