Elders’ council chair tells Luhya politicians to unite

Written By Michael Maunda on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | 9:23 PM

The Luhya Council of Elders has called on the presidential aspirants from the region to support one of their own in the general election. “Without all the presidential candidates from this region coming together nobody is going to take their bargain seriously,” said council chairman Patrick Wangamati.

Elders’ council chair tells Luhya politicians to unite
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He said the community may be sidelined in the pre-elections talks going on among presidential aspirants. Wanagamati was speaking to the star on Sunday in Bungoma town.
He praised Central Oraganisation of Trade Unions secretary general Francis Atwoli for bringing together Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo and Trade minister Moses Wetang’ula for talks.

Wangamati criticised Justice minister Eugene Wamalwa for snubbing the meeting. “We want to tell our son Eugene that he will not succeed with his lone ranger type of politics,” he said.
Wangamati warned politicians from the province against being used by leaders from other communities to suit their political ambitions.

“The greatest challenge in the quest for Luhya unity is not the electorates but the elected leaders who accept to be used by outside forces," he said.
Wangamati asked the presidential candidates to embrace dialogue for the sake of the community and desist from insulting each other in public.

Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli made the same call to the Luhya presidential aspirants. He said the community has been duped by leaders from other parts of the country for many years. 

Wakoli was addressing parents and teachers at Khasoko Boys’ High School in Bumula district during the annual general meeting at the weekend.