Tuesday June 16, 2020 – Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula has criticised COTU Secretary General, Francis Atwoli, saying the unionist is a failure and is working to confuse the Luhya community.
Speaking during a radio interview on yesterday, Wetang’ula said Atwoli has no authority to choose a spokesperson for the Luhya people.
“Atwoli is a failure, he has failed to cushion Kenyan workers whose salary is deducted to enrich him, majority workers, especially in flower farms and industries, are suffering.”
“What has he done to help them?”
“Let him stick to his mandate and leave politics to politicians,” the Ford-Kenya party leader said.
This is after Atwoli hosted a meeting of more than 40 Luhya leaders last month, including Governors, Senators and MPs at his home in Kajiado County where Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Devolution CS, Eugene Wamalwa, were allegedly anointed as the Luhya spokespersons.
Days later, Ford-Kenya Secretary General, Eseli Simiyu, and Kanduyi MP, Wafula Wamunyinyi, staged a party coup in which Wetang’ula was dethroned as Party Leader.
Speaking during the interview, Wetang’ula asked the COTU boss to stick to his job and stop pretending to be speaking on behalf of the Luhya community.
He noted that it was an exercise in futility for Atwoli to purport to appoint Eugene and Oparanya as Luhya spokespersons.
“Atwoli has no authority to choose any politician as the Mulembe people’s spokesperson.”
“He is a failure himself.”
“Let him stop chest thumping because nobody appointed him as our patron,” Wetang’ula said.
He said Atwoli only invited a few leaders to his Kajiado home and that the event lacked genuineness towards solving the elusive Luhya unity.
“I and my ANC counterpart, Musalia Mudavadi, were never invited by Atwoli.”
“This means he had a hidden agenda and self-interest towards leaders he could easily manipulate.”
“We are not part of the dubious meetings,” the senator said.
He said the Luhya unity will only be realised once all leaders from the Mulembe nation come together and speak in one voice unlike now when there is a pull and push amongst them.
The Kenyan DAILY POST