Luhya Unity Restoration Forum calls for calm among leaders

Written By: Edward Kabasa
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Luhya Unity Restoration Forum calls for calm among Western Kenya leaders

A group calling itself the Luhya Unity Restoration Forum is calling for an end to the persistent squabbles between political leaders in Western Kenya.

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The lobby group says the region cannot afford to have its leaders read from different scripts every electioneering period.

Their remarks come amid growing differences between leaders over the political direction of the Luhya community.

The Luhya Unity Restoration Forum is appealing to Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula to work together for the benefit of Western Kenya region and development.

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Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is also the Council of Governors chairperson and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa who was recently endorsed to steer the region’s development agenda have denied using the role to play divisive politics.

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Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula have accused their colleagues of being used as conduits by those hell-bent on scuttling the community’s resolve to foster internal unity.

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Meanwhile, a section of Mount Kenya leaders have differed over the clamour for the region’s political torch in the ongoing succession politics.

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Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata is accusing former Gatanga Member of Parliament Peter Kenneth of holding premature campaigns and scheming to succeed the Head of State as the Mt Kenya kingpin.

Some leaders led by Gatanga Member of Parliament Joseph Nduati, however, differed with Kang’ata, arguing that Kenneth is well within his right to seek the support of the region ahead of the 2022 political contest.

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