Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale has claimed that COTU Secretary-general Francis Atwoli had to bribe Luhya politicians with sh 30,000 after attending the meeting.
On his Facebook post, Boni who is a close ally to DP Ruto claimed that the leaders could not agree on various issues that they were meant to discuss.
Several reports on social media points that the meeting became chaotic after leaders fought on who should be their leader.
”Yesterday, they could NOT agree on~Atwoli’s endorsement as a leader, to deliver Baluhyia to Raila~Eugene’s endorsement as a leader, for 2022 bargain~Oparanya’s endorsement as a leader, for 2022 bargain~MPs on Parliamentary committees. But at least each MP got the 30,000/- allowance,” claimed Khalwale.
Even with Khalwale’s sentiments, addressing the press after the meeting, the new ODM Deputy minority leader Dr Eseli Simiyu pointed out that Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, and COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli, were proposed to lead the community on matters political and economic status.
“These leaders will be negotiating with the National Government for Development and other communities, in forming a new and transformative Kenya that is all-inclusive,” said Simiyu.
The meeting which was attended by several Governors, 34 MPs, and six senators also resolved to support the BBI agenda by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Party (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.