The Star (Nairobi)

22 June 2012

Kenya: Be Wary of Outsiders, Luhya Elders Caution Politicians

The Luhya Council of Elders has warned politicians from the community against being divided by outside forces.

Speaking to the Star yesterday, the elders advisory council spokesperson Lucas Watta alleged a plot by senior PNU politicians to divide the community's vote to ensure that a candidate of their choice becomes president.

"We are aware that some powerful forces who are power hungry have resorted to sponsoring different political parties and individuals so that the larger Luhya vote goes to waste," he said.

Watta urged politicians from the region to be careful saying the way the G7 Alliance had handled Justice minister Eugene Wamalwa and dumped him in the pretext of supporting Musalia is suspect.

The elders echoed recent sentiments by Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo that the government was sponsoring some political parties to denying Raila Odinga the presidency. Watta said the G7 Alliance has no agenda for the country, adding that is why it has resorted to the divide and rule tactic to clinch to power. They urged Luhya politicians to work together in ODM party.

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