The leadership of Kenya Kwanza alliance have beseeched the Luhya nation to vote for the outfit aspirants in the August 9th elections.
Speaking in Vihiga County at various stop overs to popularize the alliance, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi noted that the Luhya nation is not represented on the Azimio la Umoja coalition negotiation table.
He terms some individuals in the Raila Odinga-led coalition as brokers keen to reap by misleading the community to vote for the coalition.
Speaking in Muhudi in Hamis constituency, Mudavadi said in the Azimio la Umoja, Raila, Uhuru Kenyatta and Kalonzo Musyoka are at the negotiating table and the Luhya nation has not been considered despite being the third largest voting bloc in the country.
The leaders called on the community to vote for the Kenya Kwanza Alliance where their interest are well represented.
“In Kenya Kwanza we are well represented and the alliance stands to develop the whole country not only three regions as is the case with our competitors,” said Mudavadi.
At the same time, the leaders hit out at Raila over his promise of reviving Mumias and Nzoia sugar companies accusing him of using the sugar industries as campaign projects every election period.
“Since the handshake, why hasn’t he used that position to bring money to the industries? Over Sh200 billion was diverted to Nyanza, where didn’t he bring the money to this region?” asked Mudavadi.
Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya asked the community to solidly back the Kenya Kwanza to form the next government.
The leaders have been pitching camp in the region, popularizing the alliance in readiness for the August election.
The leaders who spoke at different stop overs hit out at Raila Odinga, accusing him of using the Luhya community to achieve his political interests.
Speaking in Mudete, Mbale, Majengo the leaders said in Azimio La Umoja, the interests of the Luhya community is not represented and urged the community to remain steadfast in Kenya Kwanza.
Talking on the importance of unity towards the elections, Mudavadi said time had come for the alliance leaders to make sacrifices for the sake of the outfit’s resounding victory in the August polls.
Mudavadi told the Luhya people to ask themselves why is Uhuru keen to lead the community to Raila while himself had failed to convince his constituents to join the Raila brigade.
“We are being cheated and forced to follow Azimio while the President himself has not managed to have his backyard join the outfit. Why is he keen in having us in Azimio and not his community?” he posed.
Mudavadi criticized President Kenyatta and Raila for taking the community for a ride especially on matters development.
“During his Sagana Three meeting, the President produced a scorecard for the Central Kenya region. When has he ever had a Kakamega one, two or three to enumerate what he has done for the region? He is now coming to Mulembe nation to direct you to vote Raila, what does he take us for?” he asked.
He added: “Why are we not reading the political dynamics of the day? We want a President who will firmly hold the country together and be in control, a president who will in the evening remember what he said in the morning.”
At the same time, Wetangula revisited the fertilizer issue and accused the government of being insensitive to the needs of the farmers and the country’s food security.
He said by diverting billions of shillings from the agriculture sector meant for fertilizer purchase to the security docket was a clear sign that the President had lost touch with the reality on how much Kenyans are suffering.
Wetang’ula downplayed claims that the ‘deep State’ will ensure Raila becomes President by all means possible saying the winning votes are with the people and not the State machinery.
He noted that the perceived deep State is like a mirage that lies to the eyes of a possible water body ahead that is never there.
“The chest thumping that the deep state will make Raila president is a ploy to prepare Kenyans to accept vote rigging and resign to the fate of vote rigging. We shall not accept and condemn such moves. All we want is free and fair elections that will guarantee us the true reflection of what Kenyans want,” said Wetang’ula.
He accused Uhuru of being reluctant to retire, reason he is busy campaigning for Raila to become his puppet.
“We want a government that is perfect and up to date with the problems facing the country. They should stop hiding behind the Russia-Ukraine war,” he said.