In Summary
  • Echesa says he is ready to join the ANC party if Mr Mudavadi asserted himself as a leader.

  • Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala said that the two youthful politicians had agreed to support one of their own for presidency.

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has been asked to open up space in ANC for all Luhyas.

Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa said Mr Mudavadi should reach out to all Luhyas in other parties and bring them together to support his 2022 presidential bid.

SCATTERED

Mr Echesa said Luhyas were scattered in other parties including Jubilee, ODM and Ford-Kenya and this has affected their bid to produce a single presidential candidate.   

Speaking at Mwikali village in Mumias East during the burial of Mrs Jescah Afandi, the mother to David Wamatsi, a local politician in Mumias, Mr Echesa said he was ready to join the ANC party if Mr Mudavadi asserted himself as a leader.

“People are taking advantage of Mr Mudavadi's politeness to undermine the Luhya community. But they need to understand that there are other leaders in Luhya land who can give direction. We are asking our elder brother, [Mr] Mudavadi to stamp his authority and command the community knowing that we are behind him,” said Mr Echesa.

POWER

In a pointer that Mr Echesa, who is a staunch supporter of the Deputy President William Ruto and has been a fierce critic of Mr Mudavadi’s presidency was developing a soft spot for Mr Mudavadi, the former minister insisted that the Luhya community must form the next government by producing the next president.

“I am ready to do anything to ensure a Luhya ascends to power. But this can only be possible if [Mr] Mudavadi moves out of the comfort zone to get the support of other communities,” added Mr Echesa.

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