Former Kakamega County Senator, Dr. Boni Khalwale has passionately urged members of the Luhya community to throw their weight behind the National Super Alliance (NASA) ahead of repeat presidential elections.
Khalwale said voting for Raila will redeem the community’s dwindling political image.
Khalwale made the appeal when he addressed residents of Hamisi Sub County in Vihiga County on Saturday, during a campaign tour that was attended by NASA Principals, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula.
According to Khalwale, the populous Luhya community was at the moment having weak representation in the country’s active politics due to its failure to have strong leaders both in the national assembly and senate.
Except for Senator Wetangula, most of our key political kingpins are out of active politics, observed Khalwale, who sensationally claimed there was an elaborate scheme by the ruling Jubilee coalition to weaken the Luhya, Luo and Kamba communities politically.
With Amani National Congress (ANC) leader, Mudavadi, who is considered as Luhya spokesperson faced possibility of remaining in political cold for a second consecutive period, Khalwale argued it was necessary for the electorate in former western province to use its numerical strength to ensure NASA takes the presidency.
Besides Mudavadi and me, former Lugari Member of Parliament (MP),
Cyrus Jirongo has also been out of active politics for some time, observed Khalwale.
He alleged Jubilee Party (JP) was exploiting what he described as existing power vacuum to make permanent inroads in western region.
The outspoken leader hit out politicians from Vihiga County, and Western region in general, who have decamped to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp, and described them as the greatest traitors and enemies of the populous Luhyia community.
Several leaders from Vihiga County who lost in the August 8 General Elections, including former Governor, Moses Akaranga and former Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu have since switched allegiance to Jubilee Party ahead of the presidential re-run slated for October 26.
Others outside Vihiga include Busia County’s Ababu Namwamba and Paul Otuoma, and Alfred Khang’ati from Bungoma County.
Khalwale urged Luhya leaders to remain steadfast behind Odinga and his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka.
On vote buying allegations that is trending in Western region, Khalwale sensationally claimed National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Chairperson, Mr. Johnston Kavuludi was behind the scheme in Vihiga County.
Kavuludi, you are a respected old Luhya man who should steer away from evil acts such as buying people’s democratic rights, Khalwale told the NPSC boss.
He instead advised Kavuludi to consider using his position to empower educated jobless youth from the region.
Khalwale vowed to deliver the possible 746,000 votes in Kakamega County to Odinga on October 26.
Source: Kenya News Agency