We may be limping, crawling or even occasionally looking confused but the third horse is still in the August battle for Kenya’s 5th president- Musalia Mudavadi
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi is facing growing pressure from a section of his supporters to back ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid. Several of his key allies have already defected from his ANC to Raila’s Odinga’s Azmio while others trooped to the UDA party which is associated with deputy president William Ruto.
Mr Mudavadi however shrugged off the pressure from his supporters when he announced a date for his party’s AGM on January 23rd and asked Kenyans to prepare for a “bombshell”. “We may be limping, crawling or even occasionally looking confused but the third horse is still in the August battle for Kenya’s 5th president.” Those were the exact words Mr Mudavadi uttered when referring to the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) that still has not declared its presidential candidate for the coming elections which are barely 6 months away.
Many political watchers are at a loss on what this promised political bombshell might be and if he is running for the Presidency then that is nothing news. He even contested in 2013 and lost badly to ODM leader Raila Odinga. If he is promising to be the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) presidential flag bearer again that would hardly be earth-shaking. He was a running mate to Mr Odinga under NASA in the 2017 elections. Mr Mudavadi is also served as Kenya’s shortest Vice President in office, he served for less than six months. He is also the third Luhya to serve in that position, others were the late Wamalwa Kijana and Moody Awori.
What can be so earth-shaking that the ANC AGM is likely to come up with? Closing ranks with Deputy President William Ruto? Or will it be Mr Odinga again this time under Azmio?
According to Mr Mudavadi, he will not be playing second fiddle to anybody again! The Land Economist from the University of Nairobi has in the past served as local government and finance minister under President Daniel Moi in the 1990s. He was also deputy prime minister in the Kibaki-Raila nusu mukate government 2008-12.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has been burning the midnight oil trying to convince OKA to back Odinga for “one term”. Going separately, the head of state has warned will be playing in the hands of DP Ruto who stands to gain the most from a divided OKA.
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