Rift within Mulembe nation widens as 4 groups emerge to claim Luhya leadership

By John Makuba On Sun, 12 Jul, 2020 19:00 | < 1 min read
Wycliffe Oparanya
Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya at a meeting held in Vihiga County on Sunday, June 14, 2020. PHOTO | COURTESY

The rift in Mulembe nation is seemingly growing wider as rival groups championing for the community’s unity continue to emerge ahead of the 2022 General Election 

The groups are pointing accusing fingers at each other with each claiming to be the sole saviour of the Western region in the desperate quest for the presidency.

Four political groups have emerged, with each claiming leadership of the vote-rich Luhya community.

The first group led by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. The two have been traversing the region since the trade unionist Francis Atwoli declared them the Luhya spokesmen in Kajiado over a month ago. 

The second group is led by Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula. The two have promised the community that they will bring home the much-coveted presidency in 2022.

Mudavadi and Wetangula claim that they have the gravitas to win the seat that the Luhya nation has been yearning for quite a long time.

The third group is made up of youthful legislators from the entire Western region and is led by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala and Orange Democratic Movement Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna as the captains.

The group has accused the other factions of not consulting widely before presenting issues to the national government.

Lastly, the fourth group is made up of legislators and members of county assemblies who support Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.

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