By Shiroko Mulamula
The Luhya Council of elders has come out strongly to demand a greater share of the national government. They have also expressed concern over the lack of representation in the Nairobi County leadership structure.
The council represented by leaders drawn from all the seventeen constituencies in Nairobi argued that the Nairobi country government as currently constituted under Governor Evans Kidero and CORD has given Luhyas a raw deal.
The spokesman of the council Mr Joseph Wandati declared the community members will only put their votes where they are respected and recognized. Mr Wandati pointed out that despite the fact that Luhyas are second in city population, they continue lagging behind when it comes to sharing the capitalâ€™s leadership positions.
Meeting in Kawangware over the weekend, the caucus that was attended by over 500 grassroots leaders resolved to support Jubileeâ€™s Hon Dennis Waweru for the governorâ€™s seat on condition that he picks Nairobi politician and former student leader- SONU Vice chairman Hon. Fwamba NC Fwamba as running mate
The youthful Fwamba is a close ally of Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa. Hon Wamalwa is expected to have a big say in the yet to be formed Jubilee Party on whose ticket Hon.Waweru is expected to seek the nod to lead Nairobi County in the 2017 gubernatorial contest.
Hon Waweru is currently the Member of Parliament for Dagoretti South. It also emerged that if the deal works out, Luhyas under the Jubilee Alliance will front candidates where Luhyas are majority on the Jubilee ticket. The initiative intends to capture at least 20 MCA seats and 6 parliamentary seats in Nairobi.
In the 2013 general elections, Mr Fwamba was a running mate of Wiperâ€™s Mutinda Kavemba for the Nairobi Governors seat where they tied on third position with Investment banker Jimna Mbalu after Dr.Evans Kidero and Ferdinand Waititu aka babayao.
The gubernatorial contest for Nairobi will be interesting if the Waweru-Fwamba ticket is endorsed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Water and Irrigation CS Eugene Wamalwa.