Mudavadi up in arms with Raila
25 July 2016, 08:07
Vihiga - Amani National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi and nominated MP Patrick Wangamati have sharply criticized opposition Chief Raila Odinga for making disparaging remarks against members of the Luhya community.
The two leaders on Friday claimed that Raila severally uttered remarks during his tour of the region, which portrayed members of the populous community as 'foolish', despite them supporting over the years.
Mudavadi said he was shocked that a leader of the stature of the ODM chief can turn around and insult members of the Luhya community, who have been his ardent supporters for over a decade.
"To hold the community in ridicule and treat its members with condescending contempt is least expected of Raila. Is it his gratitude that the support has been because Luhya are wajinga (foolish)? As a community we feel we have been irreparably violated by Raila," said Mudavadi.
The ANC party leader in a statement maintained that the region's residents have a right like any other to make their own political choices and they should not be treated with contempt or demonised.
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"The days are numbered for devious schemes that hold the community in political servitude. Western is not an extension of other peoples' political fiefdoms. Mulembe nation and unity will thrive," he added.
Speaking separately at Parliament Buildings, Wangamati who is also the Chairman of the Luhya Council of Elders said as leaders from the region, they are aggrieved by the remarks uttered by the former Premier.
"Bearing in mind that Mulembe people are peaceful, welcoming and accommodative, such utterances are quite unfortunate, demeaning and only serve to reduce the gains we have worked hard to inculcate in our people to ensure peaceful coexistence," he said.
"We want to warn Raila that his arrogant and demeaning statements in his tour of the region are not helpful to his political and leadership aspiration and may leave him more harmed politically," added Wangamati.
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