Ford-Kenya and New Ford-Kenya have hinted of a possible merger. The two parties that have been at loggerheads. Ford-Kenya is led by Trade minister Moses Wetang'ula while New Ford-Kenya is led by his Constitutional Affairs counterpart Eugene Wamalwa. The two said they were in talks on how to merge the two parties and make a strong force.
Wetangula and Wamalwa were speaking during the funeral of John Manguliechi, the reknown Bukusu soothsayer. "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others, and I don't want to walk fast. I want to go far and that's why I will walk with my brothers seated here," Wamalwa said. Wamalwa said for the region to make any impact in the coming elections, there is an urgent need for leaders to work together. "We will soon announce to the residents of the region the outcome of our talks and I want to assure yo that we will speak with one voice," he said.
Wetangula hit out at those against the unity between him and Wamalwa, terming them political brokers out to reap from wrangles. He said the Luhya community, which constitutes 18 per cent of voters, has six presidential candidates. Without unity, he said, they will not make any impact in the forth coming general election. "Our unity and that of our community should surpass the interest of an individual. History will judge us harshly, as the worst group of leaders who divided our community, if we fail in our mission," he said amid cheers from thousands of mourners.
Wetangula appealed to UDFP presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi to stop walking alone and engage other leaders in the interest of the community. "If we go to the polls separately we will divide the Luhya community,"he said. Forestry and Wildlife minister Dr. Noah Wekesa said as elected leaders and aspirants of respective elective posts have a task to unite the luhya community. "As leaders we must unite and work together so that the luhya community is respected in the Kenyan political leadership. We are being engaged in talks and we urge you to be patient. There are some things that we cannot say here but just wait," Wekesa said.
Lugari Mp Cyrus Jirongo who is said to considering option of joining new Fordkenya after falling out with URP said he has been on the fore front to achieve luhya unity saying he is ready to unite with other leaders from Western region to work under one party. "It is not just about unity but I want to walk with a group that is commited to restore fairness across the country," he said.
Jirongo said luhya community should learn from other regions and ensure they only have a single presidential candidate in the forth coming elections. Lands assistant minister Bifwoli Wakoli pointed out that leaders from Bukusu Community must unite before going out to unite with leaders from the rest of the luhya community. "We cannot pretend to be fighting for the luhya community when we at home we are divided," he said.