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Uhuru to garner significant Luhya votes in 2017, claims MP

04 May 2015, 14:39 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Bumula MP, Boniface Otsiula has said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to appoint leaders from Luhya community to public offices puts him in the best position of winning a significant number of Luhya vote come 2017.

Otsiula faulted some Luhya legislators who warned earlier that Uhuru will not garner any vote from Luhyaland despite appointing the community’s renowned politicians into his cabinet, parastatals and other public offices.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointments are going to have positive impact in Luhya politics in 2017 Presidential elections. He is going to get good votes from the community compared to what he garnered in 2013,” said Otsiula.

He added that Uhuru’s appointments are timely in addition a number of his government’s initiated projects in western region, which compels the residents to embrace his administration and vote for him in 2017.

“Western region has been underdeveloped because it has been in opposition for a very long time. When I declared to work with the government, other MPs from the region joined me and we are working to ensure our constituencies realize development,” said Otsiula.

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“The retired President Moi failed to woo the Luhya vote for his KANU party when he appointed Musalia Mudavadi as his Vice President ahead of the 2002 general election because it was short three-month period for Mudavadi to hold the position,” said Otsiula who refuted the historical voting pattern of the community as cited by some Luhya opposition MPs.  

President Uhuru’s decision of including Luhya politicians, some of whom lost in the last elections was received with mixed reaction with some leaders criticizing his appointments as others lauded him.

Uhuru appointed the outgoing New Ford Kenya party leader, Eugene Wamalwa as the Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary while renowned Luhya community politicians who lost in the 2013 elections such as Musikari Kombo, Soita Shitanda and Raphael Wanjala among others were appointed to parastatals.

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