(MEDIA: CoG Chair Wycliffe Oparanya (left) and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa. The duo are working on an economic roadmap to revive key sectors in Western Kenya. PHOTO/COURTESY)
As measures to combat Covid_19 continue, legislators from Western Kenya have seized the chance to pursue in what’s seen as “an all out war” for the Community’s future through a holistic view of all Constituencies, key projects in place and politics of development.
The team includes Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya, Governors of Vihiga, Busia, Bungoma & Transnzoia.
So far, 27 MPs are said to have joined the train in efforts to consolidate the future of the Luhya Unity.
They have drawn up a roadmap on the upcoming economic revival program that will include revival of key industries, finishing/ starting of key projects in Western Kenya, inclusion of more people in government among others.
The meeting, which is said to have the blessings of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rtd. Raila Odinga, also discussed imminent changes in the leadership at the National Assembly, cabinet reshuffle, revival of stalled projects, the challenges in the sugar and maize sectors and appointment of the members of the community to the government.
The leaders reckon that they stand to miss out if they do not organise themselves early.
In the two meetings, the MPs tasked Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and Council of Governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya to lead the pursuit to ensure projects at both national and county governments across Western kenya are fully supported and implemented.
Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe and Busia Woman Rep Florence Mutua were tasked with leading the MPs. This is to ensure that the area is not left out on the development radar and that people of Western benefit from key government initiatives.
Even as this was happening, 7 MPs who felt out have raised concerns and interest in the meeting. It remains to be an all-out war among Luhya leaders over who has the blessings to champion the community’s interests ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Earlier efforts to house together the Luhya Unity initiative have been undermined by a section of leaders who have been supporting other political alliances, a trend that has always sabotaged efforts to come together as the Luhya Community.
According to the latest census results, the Luhya Community is the second largest ethnic establishment in Kenya after the Kikuyu community.
If well placed together, the region will definitely have huge bargaining power on the ballot come 2022.