Written by Joseph Amunya Otieno
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Western Kenya residents have been urged to ignore leaders who try to divide them along political lines but instead preach and foster peace.
Speaking to West FM in his office, Lugari County Council chairperson Mr. David Amaswache said that time has come when residents from the region, especially from the larger Luhya community, buried tribal and individualistic tendencies that have for a long time created divisions among them as they seek to produce the country’s fourth president in the forthcoming General Elections.
Referring to the current war of words between Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his deputy Musalia Mudavadi, Amaswache regretted that it was saddening to see Luhyas take divergent positions instead of rallying behind their own as is the case with their counterparts from Nyanza province.
The council Chairperson observed that even though every Kenyan has a democratic right and freedom of expression, he was disheartened by the way a section of politicians and media personalities, with origins from the province, were working tirelessly with external forces in order to frustrate Mudavadi’s road to state house instead of supporting him.
Amaswache warned that unless the present conflicts among residents in the province were checked, the region risked abusing this godsend opportunity of capturing the presidency for the first time since independence.
Commenting on Director of National Communication at Raila Campaign Secretariat Mr. Barack Muluka over his recent remarks where he threatened to negatively expose Mudavadi since he joined politics in1989, Amaswache dared Muluka to make good his threat but warned him to also be ready to bear the consequences thereafter.
“We are well prepared to say the few things we know about Barack Muluka and Raila Odinga. Muluka should be told that we know much about his life history. Let him dare make good his threat,” warned Amaswache.
Amaswache said that for a long time the Luhya community has been used as a ladder by politicians from other regions when ascending to power only to be dumped later, a thing he said should not be replicated in the coming General Election.
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