Western MPs endorse Atwoli to spearhead region's unity
28 September 2015, 10:32
Vihiga - COTU secretary general, Francis Atwoli has been endorsed by western leaders as the community's spokesperson ahead of 2017 elections.
Atwoli will be tasked with uniting all elected leaders from the region and also spearhead the process of getting a preferable presidential candidate in the next elections.
Already, Ford Kenya leader and Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang'ula and Amani National Congress (ANC) leader who is also the former Deputy Prime Minister, Musalia Mudavadi have shown interest in the presidency.
Leaders from the community led by Western Parliamentary Caucus Secretary General Injedi Malulu (MP Malava) and Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi, noted that in as much as residents from the region are united, leaders from the region remain divided based on their political party affiliation.
"We have sat down and looked amongst all the 42 MPs from this region and found that only one person who is an independent member can unite the leaders. We want Francis Atwoli to bring together all Governors, Senators, MPs, and MCAs from this region so that they can forge the future of the community together," said Agoi.
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Atwoli, who was the guest of honour at a funds drive at Vokoli Friends Church in Sabatia acknowledged the herculean task ahead of him in his acceptance of the mantle bestowed upon him.
"The MPs in Western have told me to lead them, and I will lead them. I do not have any ambitions of being President, Governor, Senator or MP in this country. I'm well past all these positions because I am an international leader," said Atwoli.
He added, "I know it is going to be a hard task ahead in uniting leaders from this region, who already have divergent political views, but I am up to the task. This should not come out as Luhyas calling out for unity; we are already united."
Top on Atwoli's immediate assignment will be bringing together Senators Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), Moses Wetang'ula (Bungoma), Amos Wako (Busia) and George Khaniri (Vihiga), who are supporting CORD leader Raila Odinga.
Agoi said in 2017, the community must form or be part of the Government, noting that the region enjoys goodwill from Kenyans from other parts of the country.
"The journey that Wamalwa Kijana started must be taken to the end. And it is only Mudavadi who is the senior most politician in the region who has tasted the ballot as a presidential aspirant," said Agoi.
In a rare show of unity by the leaders from the region, with a majority of them coming from United Democratic Front (UDF) and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the leaders vowed to push for their own unity.
Navakholo MP, Emmanuel Wangwe said the entire Western Region had decide to support Mudavadi, but urged his people from Vihiga who are notorious of dividing their votes to support their son.
"We have gone astray many times because of disunity and a general lack of focus. Now, we are ready to be led by a senior person of Atwoli's stature," Wangwe said.
Atwoli noted that already leaders from Western Kenya have the goodwill of the people and appealing for votes will not be hard.
"What I don't know is the exact person who will not take over from Uhuru Kenyatta, but what I know is that one of us will take over, with many votes. That person who will take over, let him not revenge," said Atwoli.
He added, "Musalia Mudavadi has everyone's goodwill in the country. In the last general Elections, only brokers quashed his chances of being President in 2013."
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