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Atwoli calls on Luhyas to unite

31 October 2012, 13:42 Steve Wambugu

A forum for the members of the Luhyia community in Nakuru county have supported efforts by the Central Organization Trade Union boss Francis Atwoli to unite the community to support one Presidential candidate.

The Nakabbuvi forum which has members from all the four counties of Western Province that reside in Nakuru said the community stand to loose if they do not come together and support one Presidential candidate.

The Forum’s chairman Javan Chiteri said Atwoli should be supported in the initiative that has so far seen three Presidential candidates Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo and Trade Minister Moses Wetangula meet and talk over fielding of a single presidential candidate from Western province.

Chiteri said members of the Luhyia community residing in Nakuru and the neighbouring  counties are set to meet leaders from the community in Nakuru on November 2 to deliberate over the issue.

“ We have sent out invitation to all our leaders including professionals to the meeting  in Nakuru to chart the way forward and also celebrate our cultural night” he said.

Following two meetings brokered by Atwoli, Mudavadi, Jirongo and Wetangula have agreed to hold joint rallies to back a single candidate.

The COTU boss has announced that he would reach out to other presidential hopefuls outside Western Kenya so that “ we do not polarize this county along tribal lines."

On Tuesday the Luhyia community forum also urged called on the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Eugene Wamalwa to support the initiative.

Chiteri said leaders of the community need to explore ways on how to empower the residents of their region pointing out that the Sugar factories were  the only source of income.

He added that other Agro based industries should be set up to create employment and wealth to the people.


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