Speaking during the funeral of Captain MacLeans Sloya in Vihiga County, Wetangula stated that the Luhya community had always backed leaders from the two communities in their presidential bids in the past presidential elections.
He also called for leaders from the region to have a primary constituency from where they would be in a position to forge ties and negotiate with other leaders.
“When you meet our brothers from the Lake, tell them they have our debt. When you meet others from the mountain, tell them that they have our debt,” Wetangula remarked.
The Bungoma Senator reiterated that the only remedy to the debt would be paying up.
Wetangula added that the leaders of his community were united, explaining that they were together for a political purpose with a common goal in mind.
He also called for the youth from the region to be ready for the elections as they required their backing. Wetangula asked them to take up national identification cards and register as voters ahead of the 2022 elections.
The former Senate Minority Leader also called for leaders from the region not to be selfish and to be receptive to the idea of forming coalitions with other parties. He stated that he, together with the Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi, attended meetings in the State House in a bid to make the best coalition.
He noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta had stated that the next elected president would come from a different community.
“While we met the president, he told us that the country’s leadership cannot be held by only two communities,” Wetangula reiterated.
His comments were seconded by Mudavadi who stated that the leaders from the region were united. He also stated that despite efforts from other leaders to try and stop him from vying for the presidency, he is adamant that he would be on the ballot in 2022.
Conversations of political debt surfaced in preparation for the general election. Mount Kenya leaders came out to dispel claims that communities from the region had a debt to pay to Deputy President William Ruto.
This came after suggestions by leaders allied to the DP who stated that since he supported Uhuru in the 2013 and 2017 elections, they had to ensure Ruto got to State House for 10 years.