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Why the Luhya Unity Narrative Might Once Again Crash Come 2022 General Elections

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By Vitus411 | self meida writer
Published 16 days ago - 48 views

For a long time, the Luhya people have yearned to have a political kingpin just like the other tribes in Kenya. For instance the Kikuyus have President Kenyatta, the Luos have Raila Odinga and the Kalenjins have William Samoei Ruto. Many other tribes in Kenya have a symbolic leader who represents their matters at the national level. However, among the Luhya people, there has been lack of a strong leader to take over matters national politics.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and his counterpart ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi have for a long time fought over the spokesman ship of the tribe with them being coroneted the tribe’s leaders by different elders from different Luhya sub-tribes. The legitimacy of these coronations has always been brought up by Kenyans. COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli has had his own fair share of the battle with some calling him the king Maker.   

With slightly more than a year to the 2022 general elections, several leaders from the Western region have expressed their interest to run for the presidential seat. With the Luhya community being the second largest tribe in Kenya after the Kikuyus, a lot is expected from this lot. ANC leader Musalia announced that he will vie for the big seat whilst his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula also expressed his interest.

Recently, former UNCTAD secretary general, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi also announced his bid to run for the presidential race. Today, he jetted back to the country to launch his presidential campaign. Questions have been asked whether Mukhisa Kituyi could be the new hope for the Luhya nation. With Kituyi now in the presidential race, the Luhya vote is likely to further split unless a coalition is formed to politically unite the tribe. 

The President recently mentioned that he won’t be leaving the country to thieves. It is still unknown whether by the term thieves he meant his supposed successor the DP or someone else. However, the beef between the president and the DP cannot be ignored. This raises questions whether Mukhisa is his project to ouster William Ruto in the next presidential elections.

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