Musalia Mudavadi’s Persistent Political Blunders Since 2002

Musalia Mudavadi (Left) with DP Ruto

Many political leaders from western Kenya are questioning whether a mere 30% promised the to Musalia by DP Ruto is enough to sway voters in the region way from voting for Raila Odinga

By The Weekly Vision

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi is once again making wrong political calculations at the most critical moment in the county’s political history as we head into an election.

Away from the promises made by Deputy President William Ruto to the effect that a powerful ministerial post similar to what CS Fred Matiang’i currently holds is reserved for him, Mr Mudavadi and his ANC have been reduced to bystanders in Kenya Kwanza as political novices with questionable backgrounds like Nderitu Gachagua take the centre stage.

Gacgagua is a character who can hardly marshal voters from his home of Nyeri County to go Ruto’s way, how then are Mudavadi and his Ford-Kenya political ally Moses Wetangula going to mitigate their presence in the outfit? A promise to give the duo 30% top government jobs is just that, a promise. DP Ruto is a man who never keeps his promises. Many political leaders from western Kenya are questioning whether a mere 30% is enough to sway voters from the region way from voting for Raila Odinga.

It must also not be forgotten that in the immediate wake of Musalia Mudavadi joining Ruto, the ANC leader faced a deluge of desertions by his bosom buddies led by the noisy Lugari legislator Ayub Savula

These are just some of the emerging hard questions that the man from Mululu is supposed to answer to before convincing voters to move to his side. Not wheelbarrows, handouts and empty unrealistic promises. Emerging facts indicate that by teaming up with Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi may have simply committed political suicide worse than what he did in the run-up to the 2002 elections when he was reportedly forced to play second fiddle as Uhuru Kenyatta as his running mate, the move saw him lose his Sabatia constituency seat.

Last weekend saw some massively attended campaign rallies organized by Raila Odinga’s team in Vihiga County, Musalia’s home county. Mudavadi was forced to go back home immediately and beg voters “Not to let me down again” the same voters who rebelled against him in the 2002 general elections. It must also not be forgotten that in the immediate wake of Musalia Mudavadi joining Ruto, the ANC leader faced a deluge of desertions by his bosom buddies led by the noisy Lugari legislator Ayub Savula.  

The outgoing Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) SG Francis Atwoli have all declared their undying support for Mr Odinga against Ruto’s candidature which automatically means locking Mudavadi-Ruto from Western region. If Mudavadi has lost the support in his home County of Vihiga, from where else is he expected to effectively deliver? 

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