Embattled Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru has a reason to smile after Francis Atwoli threw his weight behind her. The former Devolution CS was inpeached after a 23 vs 0 vote in Kirinyaga county assembly.

Atwoli has however stated that the female county boss is going nowhere. He has promised to lobby senators to shoot down the impeachment once it reaches senate.

       


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The Waiguru saga comes at a time when a major political showdown is looming in the battle for Western Kenya vote basket. Francis Atwoli is set to make a ground-shaking announcement.

With the veteran trade unionist finding himself right at the centre of President Uhuru Kenyatta succession politics, his next move will no doubt have a bearing on 2022 general election.

       


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While speaking to the Star, Atwoli said that he will host a major rally at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega to annoint a new Luhya community spokesperson ahead of 2022 poll.

Ahead of the 2017 poll, Atwoli hosted Luhya political heavyweights at Bukhungu Stadium for a meeting that saw ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi crowned as the community’s spokesperson.

       


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Atwoli and Mudavadi have since fallen out with the former Vice President accusing the COTU chief of being a divisive character in the community that is keen to forge a united political approach ahead of the next general election.

” The people of Mulembe Nation are very fine. They are moving forward very well,” Atwoli said.

       


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According to Atwoli, the next meeting which is planned for 2021 will bring together all communities living in the former Western Province.

” We have Luos in Western. We have Tesos and other communities in this region whom we want to walk together. They also want better lives and jobs, which I am pushing,” he added.

       


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With Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula seemingly keen to forge an alliance ahead of 2022, and with Atwoli keenly working with Raila, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, political fireworks are expected.

       


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