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Saturday May 30, 2020 – The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General, Francis Atwoli, hosted 30 Members of Parliament (MPs), three Governors, Senators and a Cabinet Secretary from Western Kenya at his Kajiado home in a bid to revive the elusive Luhya unity.

The leaders discussed the political future of the region ahead of the elections in 2022 elections.

While addressing the media, the politicians asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader, Raila Odinga, to help initiate development projects in the region.

“We have issued our proposals of the industries that we would like looked at including the granite in Vihiga,” Cleophas Malala.

The politicians also requested to get more leadership positions in the re-alignment of the National Assembly and the senate.

“The leaders have chosen Emmanuel Wangwe, the MP for Navakholo, to represent leaders in the National Assembly, while I should be allowed to represent the leaders in the Senate,” Malala added.

Governors from the Western region including Wilberforce Otichilo (Vihiga), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma) were in attendance.

The only Governor from the region who skipped the meeting was Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.

Amani National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi, and Ford-Kenya Leader, Moses Wetangula, did not show up for the meeting.

At the same time, the group celebrated Tongeren MP, Eseli Simiyu’s new elevation to Deputy Minority Whip in the National Assembly.

During the meeting, politicians are said to have observed measures set aside by the Government to combat the coronavirus disease including social distancing and wearing of masks.


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