Luhya leaders have been faulted for ignoring government regulations on countering the spread of the corona virus as the leaders have continued to hold public meetings in search of Luhya unity in Western province.
The battle for Luhya kingpin and unity has pitted two factions against each other with Kakamega Governor Wycliff Oparanya and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugine Wamalwa on one side and Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula on the other side.
On Saturday 4th July 2020, the two groups held parallel meetings in Kitale and Transnzoia.The Mudavadi/Wetangula group led a number of mps from Western region to a meeting at the home of Kiminini mp Chris Wamalwa.The other faction led by Governor Oparanya and CS Wamalwa also held theirs at Kitale Polytechnic, which was attended by all Governors in the region.
At Chris Wamalwa’s home, Wetangula mocked the Governors for going to seek for handouts from President Kenyatta despite being in control of billions of shillings. “These are governors who control over 50 billion.They have failed to develop their regions and are now going to Uhuru to ask for money,” he said. Mudavadi on the other hand accused his former friend turned political enemy Raila Odinga of wanting to wreck ANC and Ford Kenya. “There are those who are planning to kill our parties but we assure them that they will not succeed,” he said.
However, Oparanya dismissed Mudavadi and Wetangula saying they are leaders with selfish interests who are only playing politics to satisfy their bellies and have no interests of the Luhya community at heart.He claimed the two leaders were working for the Deputy President William Samoei Ruto.