Bukusu elders in Trans Nzoia have expressed worries over the emergence of contenting political groupings within the Luhya community even as the 2022 general elections draw nigh.
Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya are leading one grouping while ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula are leading another one.
The elders said the trend is a blow to the community’s efforts to front a united political front ahead of the polls with leaders from other communities are strategising on forming alliances.
“We have observed the trend and we feel it spells political doom for us a community. Our leaders are supposed to be organized to seek partnerships with other like-minded partners,” said Mr. Ferdinand Wanyisia.
Mr. Wanyisia blamed a section of elders from the community of widening the rift amongst the contending leaders instead of bringing them together to foster close working relations.
“It is shameful to learn that the chairman of the Bukusu council of elders Richard Walukano has been fueling the rift between senator Wetang’ula and Cs Wamalwa,” he noted.
They further called on Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and his Tongaren counterpart Eseli Simiyu to bury the political hatchet with the Bungoma senator to end their Ford Kenya squabbles.
“We call upon leaders in the two camps within the Ford Kenya party to have a sitting with iron the issues which have seen battle over control of the lion party,” said Mr. Christopher Masika.
They also called on the leaders to incorporate the counsel of elders in their strategic political decisions to ensure they adopt a common stand as a stand a s a community to avoid divisions.
“We as elders are open for consultations and handling of issues which have been perennially affecting the urge by the community to pursue a common political agenda,” said Mr. Nicodemus Milimo.