The ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi has warned luhya leaders against being second options to political giants who are out to use them. “They are coming for cheap political acquisitions, they have realized if you want to acquire a cheap political leader, go to western. Ukitaka ng’ombe ya siasa kwa bei rahisi, enda western. This is what is happening. These leaders don’t talk of a program, they just ask people to line up to get handouts” – Musalia Mudavadi
Musalia implied that leaders from the western region are easily bought. Leaders from the western region have reflected their lack of unity in the way that they have formed alliances with people from other parties. In the case of Boni Khalwale, the public announcement to join Ruto’s camp has the luhya community baffled over his choice of party.
In Kenya’s political history, the western region has always strengthened its political ties with people from the lake region, which even led to the birth of political parties like NASA. Now, there’s disunity from the region even as 2022 general elections near. Boni Khalwale maintains that the luhya leaders need to form an alliance with Ruto so that they can get political positions come 2022 if the deputy president William Ruto wins.
The frequent tours to western by the deputy president have been to try to win over the hearts of people from the region. Musalia maintains that the people will not be cowed into joining the Ruto camp as they are smart and would choose the right leaders when the time comes. Considering this is Musalia’s playing field, political analysts would argue that his tone has fear engraved in it given some political leaders have already deflected to the Ruto camp. The ballot , come 2022 will give the true results of today’s fight.