Stop fighting your own, Atwoli urges Western Kenya leaders
20 June 2016, 09:11
Busia - COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli on Saturday urged Western leaders to stop fighting their own hence returning the region to yester-years when non-Luhyas were championing the community's unity.
"During the Moi regime, Daniel Moss, a Sabaot was the chairman of the Luhya parliamentary committee with Oduya Oprong, a Teso being the Secretary and Masinde Muliro just a respected politician.
"Today I am disappointed that Luhyas are ganging up to fight non-Luhyas in the name of Luhya Unity. Retired President Daniel Arap Moi started off this culture of creating districts according to tribes," he said.
Speaking during a funds drive in aid of St Adrian Bukhuma Catholic Church in Butula sub-County which raised KES 3.7 million, Atwoli told Luhya leaders from Busia County to stop fighting Governor Sospeter Ojaamong under the guise of Luhya unity.
"There are many other seats that those ganging up against Ojaamong can vie for.
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Let us return Western region to the era where a Luhya could not discriminate a Teso or a Sabaot. We should unite to forge a united front instead of allowing tribalism to take center stage," he said.
Atwoli said he was a respected unionist around the world, holding many positions and occupying offices in many African and European countries and has no interest in any elective seat in Kenya.
He said it is his dream that presidential votes for Western region will go to one basket and welcomed all aspirants to the region to seek votes without fear of intimidation.
Ojaamong described Atwoli as a unionist who has played a big role in the second liberation of the country and appealed to all leaders in Busia to live in peace and stop divisive politics.
He said the delay in opening of the two sugar factories in Busia was the work of enemies who don't want the County to prosper through creation of over 2,000 job opportunities and other fringe benefits.
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