Deputy President William Ruto was an invitee courtesy of Mr Mudavadi, and when he was invited to speak, he outlined his political agenda for the nation if elected President, but recent indications especially from Busia, Kakamega and Bungoma counties are that UDA is not a popular party among voters there
Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi may have committed political suicide when he publicly aligned himself with Deputy President William at Bomas of Kenya over the weekend, this is according to a section of Luhya community leaders led by former speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende.
Mr Marende spoke yesterday when he led MPs from western Kenya who decamped from the ANC party to the Democratic Action Party-Kenya (DAP-K), the speaker said “He (Mudavadi) has gone to bed with the wrong company and my DNA does not agree with that company. We are not compatible and so from yesterday I and Mudavadi, on the political front, part company,”
DP Ruto, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party leader is a NO sell to most voters in western Kenya where Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party and its leader Raila Odinga enjoy a near stranglehold among the community. Both Ruto and Raila Odinga are considered front runners in the political battle to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, and now Musalia Mudavadi has officially declared that he will be contesting for the same seat during the Bomas of Kenya ANC delegates conference, the party mandated him to seek alliances with other parties.
The presence of DP Ruto at Mudavadi’s day at Bomas of Kenya shocked many as it drew a wide range of mixed reactions from across the country with the immediate reaction being walkouts in protests by the other OKA principals, KANU’s Gideon Moi and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka because of the DP’s presence
The fact that President Kenyatta has indicated his preference for the ODM leader Raila Odinga to succeed him, a move that appears to have received considerable support from the Mt. Kenya billionaires, Musalia Mudavadi’s move to join Ruto may not attract many voters as he might have expected, especially the vote-rich Mt. Kenya region, Ukambani and the Coast region.
The DP was an invitee courtesy of Mr Mudavadi, and when he was invited to speak, he outlined his political agenda for the nation if elected President, but recent indications especially from Busia, Kakamega and Bungoma counties are that UDA is not a popular party among voters there. It must not be forgotten that the DP’s recent attempts to go to Busia to sell his candidature was met with violent blockades despite having lavished huge amounts of cash to the youths, instead, the move worked against him.
In Kakamega County, last year’s Matungu East constituency by-election saw his UDA candidate come in at a distant third with a paltry number of votes compared to the winner ANC’s Nabulindo, who has since moved to Raila Odinga’s Azimio, the DP had spent millions and aggressively campaigned for days. The story was the same for the DP in another by-election in Bungoma county where the Ford Kenya candidate captured the parliamentary seat.
The presence of DP Ruto at Mudavadi’s day at Bomas of Kenya shocked many as it drew a wide range of mixed reactions from across the country with the immediate reaction being walkouts in protests by the other OKA principals, KANU’s Gideon Moi and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka because of the DP’s presence. It was a clear indication of Musalia Mudavadi losing support from them and their followers and the possible death of the alliance in which the ANC leader was a major stakeholder.
However, bonding in an alliance with the DP who is determined to become the country’s 5th president may be politically suicidal on Musalia Mudavadi’s part. After Lugari legislator Ayub Savula declared his support for Raila Odinga and defected to a new political outfit, other legislators from Luhyaland also decamped yesterday from the ANC party in protest at Musalia’s dalliance with DP Ruto. They are Matungu MP Oscar Nabulindo, former Speaker Kenneth Marende, Teso North MP Oku Kaunya and former Nyamira Senator Mong’are Okong’o who moved to Democratic Action Party-Kenya (DAP-K) a party which is associated with Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamlwa, (DAP-K) supports Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.
It will be no surprise to see most aspiring candidates for (MCAs), the National Assembly, the Senate and governorships from the western Kenya region rushing for Raila’s Azimio la Umoja bandwagon at the coming general elections than Musalia’ s ANC party. Currently, ODM boasts of more sitting governors, senators, Members of Parliament, Women Reps, and MCAs from the region compared to those of the ANC, which is not likely to change anytime soon.
The emergence of Wamalwa’s outfit in Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties means the whittling of Mudavadi’s ally Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula among the Bukusu community who might largely for Raila Odinga.
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