By Micheal Njuguna
Central Organisation of Trade Unions COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has dismissed reports that he is trying to impose a Spokesperson on the Luhya community without consultations from the community’s political leadership and members.
In a statement Tuesday, the Secretary General said the reports attributed to Ford Kenya Party Leader who is also the Senate Minority leader Moses Wetang’ula are false and malicious.
” Personally, I hold Senator Wetang’ula with much respect foremost as a personal friend whom I have supported over the years in politics and secondly as one of the senior most political leader from my community leading a party from the region and it is not true that Senator Wetang’ula and any other person of similar view are strangers to the initiative that I am undertaking to identify the most popular Luhya political leader to negotiate on behalf of the community with the rest of the leaders.”
Atwoli said he has held various consultations since 2012 with Senator Wetang’ula, Cyrus Jirongo and Musalia Mudavadi on how the community could identify one leader among them as its spokesperson.
“For the records, I have never been alone in this initiative since in 2012 I flew Senator Moses Wetangula, Hon. Cyrus Jirongo and Hon. MusaliaMudavadi to the Maasai Mara where we held intensive consultations on how the community could identify one leader among them as its spokesperson and it’s on record that these discussions could not end at the Maasai Mara but had to be extended for the purposes of building consensus.”
“On 18th August, 2013 I had breakfast with Hon. Wetangula and fully briefed him on the research to be undertaken by the University of Nairobi in identifying the community’s spokesperson just as I did on September,2016 when I met him at my private residence in Kajiado county to talk about the same and it is wrong to claim that this is a personal initiative for it is a Luhya community initiative and I have the backing of the majority of Luhyas whom it has taken over fifty years to identify a leader without success.”
Atwoli further said he is optimistic that come this Saturday, a spokesperson for the community will be announce.
He said the purpose for finding a spokesperson for the community is to give the community a firm foundation build on the unity of purpose where the chosen political leader will carry the community’s obligation and mandate to the rest of the country.