COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has urged Luhya leaders to take advantage of the current conditions to bring together the Luhya community and provide a sense of direction. Speaking at Gisambai primary school during the burial ceremony of the late Joe Kadenge, Atwoli urged leaders to stand up and be themselves, “Plant a sense of direction into the masses and more so the Western leaders, come together, the opportunity is now you’ll never get another opportunity,” he said.
He said the leaders should support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s anti-graft push and cut ties with those who are corrupt. “Seize this opportunity, when the President is saying corruption must be fought. Don’t associate yourself with the corrupt again.”
Speaking at the same function, Makadara MP George Aladwa said the Luhya community shouldn’t accept to be spoon fed and that Deputy President William Ruto shouldn’t seek to extend his influence in the community. He said the DP shouldn’t try to organize the community ahead of the 2022 race, “He should leave Luhyas alone, we shall organize ourselves.” Aladwa added that there are community leaders who are well respected already, including Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Eugene Wamalwa.