Luhya leaders pledge to work together; urged to emulate the late Masinde Muliro efforts

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Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo speaking at the memorial lecture for the late Masinde Muliro. Photo/Courtesy
Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo speaking at the memorial lecture for the late Masinde Muliro. Photo/Courtesy

A section of leaders from the Western region have pledged to work hand in hand ahead of the 2022 general elections to ensure that residents from the Mulembe nation benefit.

Speaking during a lecture in memory of the late Henry Pius Masinde Muliro, the Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa called upon the leaders from the region to emulate the late Masinde Muliro’s relenting efforts in fighting for the people of the Western region in terms of standing for democracy, multi-party politics, education in Western Kenya and even the establishment of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology by then known as WECO.

This was echoed by Vihiga Governor Wilbur Otichillo, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and their Busia counterpart Sospeter Ojaamong who pledged to work hand in hand with other political leaders from the Western region.

Governor Otichillo also called upon Kenyans to embrace the 2010 constitution especially pertaining devolution to enable Kenyans at the grassroots to benefit.

He blamed the national government for being reluctant to fight for devolution arguing that the stalemate facing the County governments and the national government over County funds is a tactic by the national government to ensure that devolution fails.

The lecture organized by the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in honor of the late hero saw leaders from all walks of life attend among them religious, political and scholars.

Some of the leaders present including Busia Governor Ojaamong, Vihiga Governor Ottichilo and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa. Photo/Courtesy
Some of the leaders present including Busia Governor Ojaamong, Vihiga Governor Ottichilo and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa. Photo/Courtesy

The keynote speakers included Prof. John Shiundu and Prof. Frank Matanga, from MMUST and Prof Vincent Simiyu of the University of Nairobi.

The lecture was held in the run up towards the grand celebration that will take place on 14th August 2019 at Sibanga farm, Cherengani Sub County, Trans Nzoia County.

The late Masinde Muliro was born in 1922 and passed on August 14, 1992 as a Kenyan politician. He was a renowned anti-colonial activist, political giant in the Western region who campaigned for the restoration of multi-party democracy in Kenya in his later years.