If Musalia Mudavadi picks his running mate from Central Kenya, he will be no pushover, and could “eat away” a huge chunk of DP Ruto and Odinga’s support in the region
Deputy President William Ruto should not start celebrating yet over opinion polls rating him as the leading presidential candidate in the vote-rich Mount Kenya region. Strategists are warning that a Mudavadi’s ticket could complicate the 2022 equation.
They say that if Mudavadi was to pick his running mate from Central Kenya, he will be no pushover, and could “eat away” a huge chunk of DP Ruto and Odinga’s support in the region. That is if OKA plays its cards well and stops wasting time in a cat and mouse game.
For the first time in 60 years, Mount Kenya has no serious presidential contender, the community has produced 3 of the 4 men who have ruled Kenya since 1961. President Kenyatta steps down next year, leaving his economically powerful community without a torchbearer. Mr Mudavadi is offering a safe pair of hands to the residents of Central Kenya.
Without political power or connections, many see an uncertain future, especially under an “unfriendly” punitive regime
Mr Mudavadi has kept on telling people from the area that in OKA they have no reason to “fear’ for their future. The community’s leading lights have enjoyed an economic monopoly over the years as landlords, transporters, shopping and supermarket chains, butcheries, retail shop keepers, auto spares and hard wares.
Without political power or connections, many see an uncertain future, especially under an “unfriendly” punitive regime. The dice is still on whom between Ruto- the wealthy hustler, Mudavadi the voice of modesty, and firebrand Odinga, the radical reformer, can be trusted to protect the region interests. And the jury is still out on that with many warning Ruto against ‘premature” celebrations, as an overnight political re-alignment is still possible.
At stake would be more than 6 million votes the DP is counting on to consolidate his win to become Kenya’s 5th president. Only two tribes out of Kenya’s 47 have ruled this former British colony in 60 years of independence with many saying time has come for other communities to lead.
President Kenyatta early this year expressed this same sentiment taking back his earlier 2012 promise to back his deputy. He said the time had come for “other communities” to rule as the bad blood with key allies of the DP exploded in the open.
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