Wanga el­ders back Mu­davadi for Pres­i­dent

They urged all Luhyas to sup­port him as he is the most qual­i­fied Mulembe leader

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - SHABAN MAKOKHA @she­ba­maks

Wanga el­ders in Mu­mias yes­ter­day en­dorsed Amani Na­tional Congress leader Musalia Mu­davadi for Pres­i­dent.

Led by for­mer Mu­mias MP Fran­cis Obon­gita, the el­ders blessed Mu­davadi at the for­mer leg­is­la­tor’s home in Malaha, Mu­mias East, on Satur­day.

They said the ANC leader is the se­nior-most leader of the Luhya.

Obon­gita was the Mu­mias MP up to 1982, when he lost the elec­tion to Elon Wameyo, who served for three terms up to 1997.

“Mu­davadi is the most qual­i­fied can­di­date to spear­head the Luhya na­tion to the pres­i­dency. We want other lead­ers from Luhya­land with pres­i­den­tial as­pi­ra­tions to shelve their am­bi­tions and sup­port Mu­davadi so we can move as a bloc and bring home the coun­try’s lead­er­ship,” Obon­gita said.

He told Mu­davadi, “Your po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion has been as­cend­ing grad­u­ally and places you on the radar of na­tional lead­er­ship. Your his­tory in the pub­lic ser­vice gives you a clean bill of health as a ca­pa­ble leader.”

El­ders Peter Mun­yendo, John Sembe, Charles Mun­yendo, Roz­ina Na­matsi and Philip Mun­yendo said Mulembe peo­ple should sup­port Mu­davadi.

“As el­ders, led by our se­nior statesman Fran­cis Obon­gita, we en­dorse and wish you well. Count on us to rally our peo­ple for the noble timely cause you are pur­su­ing,” Charles said.

Obon­gita asked Mu­davadi to ad­dress the prob­lems in the ail­ing sugar sub-sec­tor and sta­bilise the in­dus­try.

“Lis­ten to the cries of the cane farm­ers of Mu­mias Sugar Com­pany and turn around the only source of in­come for this re­gion. Mu­mias should never be al­lowed to col­lapse be­cause this will kill the hopes and eco­nomic fu­ture of our peo­ple,” he said.

Mu­davadi said he was asked by the el­ders to visit them but he did not know their in­ten­tion.

“But I am very much im­pressed by the move from the el­ders to en­dorse me and their prom­ise to stand with me,” he said.

Mu­davadi urged Agri­cul­ture CS Willy Bett to make pub­lic the sugar in­dus­try cri­sis re­port, which he said is meant to stream­line the in­dus­try.

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