Luhyas to pick their Presidential candidate soon
04 July 2016, 09:35
Nairobi - Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli says Luhyas will have one Presidential candidate for next year’s general elections.
Atwoli said Kenyan politics is pegged on tribalism and therefore there is nothing wrong if Luhyas unite and agitate for their political space together.
“In Kenya, there can never be free and fair elections pegged on democracy. If you wait for that, you will go to your grave while still waiting. We must embrace our tribe and guard it jealously against intruders,” Atwoli said.
He added, “This time round, we will not wait to cry foul that key positions in government are being given to other communities and not us. We want to create a solid base that will automatically put us at a position where we can’t be ignored.”
Atwoli said since 1963, the reigning parties have respected Western region by considering regional balance in appointments to key positions in government but that has since diminished during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s era.
He noted this was a clear indication that leaders from the region should retreat and coalesce in readiness for a tiresome experience of choosing the next person to represent the region as the presidential candidate next year.
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“Any leader coming to the region to ask for our support must first tell us what he will offer. This time round, we must be careful on the way we tread politically,” he said.
He reiterated that plans were underway to hold a rally at Kakamega next year to choose a leader whom all residents of the region will have endorsed and supported.
“It will be one of the biggest meetings that we have ever had in the region. So far, research is being undertaken by specialists on the ground to find out which leader enjoys more support amongst the ones we have,” he said.
He noted that whoever will enjoy massive support from the region, will be declared the people’s choice and will be allowed to represent the region as its flag-bearer in next year’s elections.
“Whether the research will settle on a church leader, an ordinary person or one of our current crop of politicians like Amani National Congress party’s Musalia Mudavadi or Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, we will endorse the person to represent the region,” he said.
He asked residents to cooperate with the researchers when they visit their homes across the region and ask for their opinion.
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