Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli has asserted that there is a leadership lacuna in Luhya land at the moment and is now working on modalities to have the community reclaim its political prowess.
The trade unionist has dismissed the current crop of political leaders from the Mulembe Nation as beggars, self-deceited and visionless.
Atwoli just like other political analysts aver since the demise of Masinde Muliro, Elijah Mwangale, Martin Shikuku and Wamalwa Kijana, the community has had no credible leader.
Many have accused the present political leaders from the community of championing the interests of competitors from other communities because of selfishness.
The combative unionist has told leaders from the community who are rooting for William Ruto that they will be shocked come 2022 general election.
Atwoli reiterated that Ruto’s chances of being the next president are slim since he cannot beat the Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga combined forces.
Political players have exonerated the ordinary community members from any blame insisting that leaders are the ones who cause divisions for personal aggrandisement every other general election.
It is on these grounds that Atwoli has disclosed that since the present political leaders from the community have failed to agree, he will convene a meeting next year dubbed Bukhungu 2 to decide the community’s leader and political destiny.
Sources reveal that Atwoli plan is to marshal Luhya voters at the grassroot given opportunity to elect popular candidates who can represent them but not personal stomach leaders (PSL) as majority of Luhya elected politicians are.
The idea is to move from selecting leaders in hotels and towns to grassroots. The real electorate will identify progressive, vibrant men and women who can champion community rights.
The scramble for vote-rich Western region has peaked in earnest with emerging indications that Ruto is scheming to plant multiple candidates at various levels to split the opposition’s traditional strongholds to his advantage, with ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his ODM counterpart Raila earmarked for presumed casualties.
Atwoli move is aimed at countering Ruto forays in the region.
This comes against the backdrop a seemingly waning DP influence in the region, with political operatives hitherto close to him playing safe politics. Atwoli has support of new emerging firebrand youthful lawmakers and politicians apparently opposed to status quo in region politics.
Senators Cleophas Malala (Kakamega) and George Khaniri (Vihiga), MPs Godfrey Osotsi (nominated, ANC), Caleb Amisi (Saboti, ODM), Tindi Mwale (Butere, ANC), not to mention ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna, represent the emerging brand of firebrands out to alter the political balance of power in the region.
Didmus Barasa, Dan Wanyama, John Waluke, Ben Washiali and, lately, former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale are religiously loyal to the DP, with Sabatia’s Alfred Agoi, Ayub Savula and ANC secretary general Barrack Muluka doing battle for party leader Mudavadi.