Building Bridges Initiative is a recent secret adventure between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Amolo Odinga. To many Kenyans, it is an unknown world of “Prospete and Caliban.” Because many Kenyans do not know what they agreed upon, BBI cannot divide them let alone divide Luhya leaders! Under normal circumstances, an outside force brings people together in order to strategize to find solutions to the unknown. The January 18 rally at Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega in which Raila and the president will be guests and should be reason for Luhya leaders to sit together between now and 18th January – Wycliffe Oparanya, the Governor of Kakamega, Musalia Mudavadi, and all other leaders in Western should to planned and strategise about BBI and how it will benefit the Luhya community.
In a study by French man Dr. Mannon of Malagasy people in which both dependence complex and inferiority complex are present in rudimentary forms. It is said that Luhya leaders are divided. Many of them are against the meeting and the planned events which will bring Raila and Uhuru presence at Bukhungu stadium. Fear of varying political interests. Many of the leadership are even afraid of Atwoli’s participation. Luhya leaders have shamelessly and openly refuted the January 18th meeting in Kakamega, Senator Moses Wetangula, Luhya Council of Elders, Philip Masinde, Boni Khalwale and those spreading mischief say that the meeting is meant to endorse Luhya political kingpins. In previous articles published at the nick of time, I have sincerely rebuked Luhya leaders because they do not take their voters seriously. We have a total of nearly 2.5 million voters. Kakamega alone has more than 800,000 voters. During the last elections (2013) 746,872 people voted in Kakamega; Bungoma 559,485 Busia 347,911 Vihiga 267,481 and Trans Nzoia 339,832. If taken seriously, these voters can determine who rules this country. Due to manipulation and corruption, no Luhya leader can claim proximity to power. It is not the BBI that divides the Luhya leaders. In that 2013 election, if Musalia did not take the route that he took, Uhuru would not have been the president of this country. Uhuru won election with a total of 6,173,433 votes against Raila’s 5,340,546 votes. Mudavadi’s 483,981 votes if added to Raila’s votes, Uhuru won by 349,906 votes. It took this divisive strategy for Uhuru to rule this country for 10 years.
Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The Luhya people due to lack of ethical leadership have suffered historical injustices time Fred Gumo was bought by ‘ Moi to betray Masinde Muliro to the present as Ababu Namwamba, Moses Wetangula, Wekesa are scheming in readiness to abandon ODM for Jubilee. They say, history repeats itself- the second time as a farce. On Monday May 14 2012, two weeks after Musalia Mudavadi left ODM `due to lack of internal democracy”, I wrote a scathing critique about the timing and inherent contradictions regarding Musalia’s allegations… ‘Why Musalia is not the saint the purports to be (Standard Musalia May 2012 pg 15). What happened to Musalia after dividing the Luhya vote and downing ODM is no longer history. It is what happening today. Those who have ruled this country since independence know our strengths and weakness. They know that outside Mt Kenya, which has a total of 3.5 million voters, the Luhya community the second highest voting block with 2.5 million voters, the Luos with 1.3, the Kamba 1.5, the Kalenjin 1.8 and Coast with 1.3 votes.
For them to continue dominance over the Luhya community, they buy and sell anybody who claims any significant number of followers and claims leadership like Ababu.
All these shifts and turns by the Luhya leaders have no elements of Article Six of our constitution which emphasises the importance of the key tenets of leadership integrity, moral and ethical principles. As Plato warns… ‘Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
-This is what has happened to the Luhya community. We produced great men with ethical principles like JD Otiende, Olang and Masinde Muliro and Martin Shikuku, Although they are all gone they are not forgotten. Their legacy of integrity is only admired when we compare them with the unethical leadership we have today.
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