In Summary:
– The chairman of the National Alliance Party, Mr Johnson Sakaja, said the region would gain a lot if it joined the government.
– Former Cabinet minister Noah Wekesa said the community would lose out if it continued to back Cord, while Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka said Mr Wamalwa’s appointment was a sign of things to come for the community.
– For his part, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria asked the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to prosecute Dr Kidero and Dr Khalwale for “mobilising ethnic groups to cause chaos”.

Some Luhya leaders have launched a campaign to make the community abandon the opposition for the government.

At the same time, another group has questioned the silence of Cord principals over the recent clash in Nairobi between Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale’s supporters and those of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

They said they feared the standoff was threatening to split the opposition alliance.

However, Cord leader Raila Odinga not only condemned the hooligans, but also called for the arrest and prosecution of their sponsors.

But speaking during a prayer meeting for Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa at Posta Grounds in Bungoma Town on Sunday, some leaders said the community was in the “political cold after supporting Cord in the last elections”.

The chairman of the National Alliance Party, Mr Johnson Sakaja, said the region would gain a lot if it joined the government.

He added that while the government was reviving Mumias Sugar Company, it was regrettable people questioning corruption at the miller “were being beaten”.

The government, he added, had shown its commitment to Mumias by pumping in money. “People who raise questions are being chased around. That is not what we want,” he said in reference to last week’s standoff between Dr Khalwale and Dr Kidero.

Former Cabinet minister Noah Wekesa said the community would lose out if it continued to back Cord, while Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka said Mr Wamalwa’s appointment was a sign of things to come for the community.

“This gesture shows that the government is willing to support us,” he said.

Elsewhere, other leaders said Cord principals Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula ought to have contained the rift that led to a clash between supporters of Dr Khalwale and Dr Kidero, who are facing off in court over sugar firm scandal.

Saboti MP David Wafula challenged Mr Odinga to come out clearly on the issue. “Leaders should desist from hypocrisy. At one time, you are faulting the government for corruption yet you are quiet about hooliganism in a coalition that you lead,” Mr Wafula said in Kitale yesterday.

For his part, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria asked the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to prosecute Dr Kidero and Dr Khalwale for “mobilising ethnic groups to cause chaos”.

Last Sunday, former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende also urged the Luhya community to quit ODM and join the government.