Speaking at Ivona East primary school in his constituency, Savula said CORD could be disadvantaged in case they delay the process to bring on board other leaders including Amani National Congress (ANC) boss Musalia Mudavadi.
“It is a fact that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy President William Ruto have made huge strides in preparation for coming polls yet the opposition appears to be confused and sluggish in putting their house in order despite the little available time left before the
country goes to elections,” argued Savula.
He said the Luhya Community will strive to form the government or be part and parcel of the government of the day. “We have told CORD leader Raila Odinga before that he needs to change the tact by endorsing someone else to fly the opposition presidential flag because
our major goal is to wrest power from Jubilee,” said the lawmaker.
According to him, Raila could play a crucial role in denying President Uhuru a second term in office but only if he is willing to support a different candidate this time round. “CORD co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula have slim chances to beat Uhuru and
Ruto so let them bite the humble pie and pass the baton to Mudavadi for the sake of removing Jubilee in power.”
Savula disclosed that Luhya leaders have had a series of meetings in where they resolved that the community must either form the government or get half of it by all means. “We are determined to achieve that.”
The legislator asked Mudavadi, Wetang’ula, Water CS Eugene Wamalwa, former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo, former speaker of national assembly Kenneth Marende and governors from Western to deliberate and identify a stronger candidate among them as the community spokesperson and presidential flag bearer.
Earlier, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya insisted that Raila must
be on the ballot as ODM flag bearer.
He said ODM was busy popularizing itself across the country in
preparation for 2017 elections. “Even CORD affiliate parties are free to borrow a leaf from ODM so that we can have a stronger opposition going forward.”