The Tuesday, August 8 elections left some political bigwigs licking their wounds, case in point in Western Kenya where residents embraced a mixed grill approach right from presidency to the lower seats.
Although Budalang’i Member of Parliament Ababu Namwamba lost his seat, he says this past General Election herald a new dawn for the Luhya nation, what he liked to call the Mulembe consciousness.
“The Mulembe nation heeded our call and shifted to support President Uhuru Kenyatta for a second term. This means Western Kenyan can now have a stake in this government,” the former ODM Secretary General said while breaking his silence since losing his seat.
The firebrand politician fell out with his political mentor, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, and became leader of the Labour Party but was defeated at the polls.
“Our best route to the political high table is to take our rightful place in the government of the day as we strategise for the 2022 polls.” the Star quoted Ababu who aligned himself with Jubilee and pushed for Uhuru Kenyatta’s election.
According to him, the support Uhuru received in Luhyaland confirmed the Jubilee administration has done well.
Ababu championed the Mulembe call which was meant to rally the Luhya to a new reawakening and embracing national belonging. The idea behind it is that the political might of the community matches its numerical strength.
Namwamba went on to tell the publication that the movement was meant to re-engineer the Luhya community to leave the past behind and embrace the future.
The youthful politician was ODM Member of Parliament for Budalangi for two terms but ditched the Orange Party and relaunched his reelection on the LPK ticket but lost to ODM’s Raphael Wanjala.
He said on Monday, August 14 that he was headed for holiday at an undisclosed location and will later announce his next move.