By Dennis Chagala and Collins Matubwi
A section of Members of Kakamega County Assembly allied to ANC party have dismissed the endorsement of Governor Oparanya as Luhya community spokesperson as alleged by COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli in a recent retreat.
The local MCAs slammed the move by COTU Secretary General to bestow Governor Oparanya as spokesperson when he summoned a delegation of leaders from Western region at his Kajiado residence recently including CS Eugene Wamalwa saying it was a ploy to divide leaders from Western region rather than uniting them.
Speaking to the press in Kakamega, led by Minority leader David Ndakwa, the county Legislators questioned Atwoli’s authority in mediating Luhya unity.
“Atwoli should tell us who elected him maybe some of you may not understand that Atwoli vied for Butere parliamentary seat he should tell us how many votes he got.” said Ndakwa.
He added: “Here in Mulembe nation people are selfishly fighting for their supremacy and egoism in the quest to unite Luhyas for the interest of other people. This time we will not allow to be misled.”
The MCAs argued that they only recognized ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi as the Luhya spokesperson as per the Bukhungu Convention few years ago.
They ridiculed area Governor Oparanya for allowing himself to be used to divide the community.
They said that they will not be pushed to join Government like other leaders in the region and instead they are ready to form Government in 2020 under the stewardship of party leader Musalia Mudavadi.
Isukha south MCA Farouk Machanje has blamed ODM party Raila Odinga to be behind the purge pressurizing Mulembe leaders to rally behind him.
“We know him he has a tendency of coming to this region during election period and he even claim to have a Luhya bloodline from Mumia.” He said.
Ford Kenya kunya party leader Moses Wetang’ula and Mudavadi jointly made statement recently to refute the latest development in the wake of political parties coup that recently happened.
In a rejoinder, Kakamega County Assembly Majority leader, David Ongoro, scoffed at their ANC counterparts saying they cannot speak on behalf of the assembly.
“We have learnt from the media of persons purporting to speak on behalf of the Kakamega County Assembly and we are not party to it,” said Mr. Ongoro