Luhyia MPs dismiss Wetangula's presidential bid
25 March 2015, 17:07
Bungoma - Two MPs from Western Kenya have dismissed CORD co-principal, Moses Wetang'ula’s presidential bid in 2017 noting that the Luhyia community members and leaders from the region were not consulted.
The MPs; Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo) and Andrew Toboso (Butere), said the Bungoma Senator erred by announcing that he will gun for the top seat in the land without consulting legislators and leaders from the community.
Wetang’ula earlier this month announced that he will contest for Presidency and asked his his CORD co-principals, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to shelf their presidential ambitions and support him in 2017.
Speaking to journalists at Shikoti Girls’ High School after a fundraiser, the MPs said the Ford Kenya’s party leader announcement was done casually, and they do not recognise it as community.
“The announcement by our brother Wetang’ula that he wants to be the President in 2017 and be the flag bearer of the Luhyia was ill timed and does not hold water, as far as we are concerned because we as the leaders were not informed and consulted,” said Wangwe, who was elected on a UDF party ticket.
Toboso, who is an ODM MP, said he is afraid the populous Luhyia community might repeat the same mistake they made in the last polls, if each of the leaders keeps making roadside declarations of their presidential ambitions.
“Moses Wetang'ula has announced his presidential bid. You won’t be surprised when you hear Musalia Mudavadi, Eugene Wamalwa and Cyrus Jirongo declaring their bids too. We are repeating the mistake of 2013. We should consult widely for us not to be a divided house,” explained Toboso.
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