Mudavadi: Luhya unity will remain a dream if we're divided
18 August 2015, 12:08
Bungoma - Luhya unity will remain a pipe dream for Western Kenya if the community does not rally behind one of their own, Amani National Congress (ANC) Party leader, Musalia Mudavadi has said.
Mudavadi said the Luhya community should settle on one of their own and support him or her to gun for the top seat in the land, in order to attract support from other communities in the 2017 presidential race.
Speaking Monday while fielding questions from listeners at a local vernacular radio station, the former presidential aspirant said Kenyan politics has become regional and the Luhya voters should field a candidate from the community that is most sellable and attractive nationally.
"Many parties or candidates in western Kenya are not a problem. In 2013, I was the only candidate. Central had five candidates. But voters in those regions identified their best and supported him," he observed.
"The chorus on lack of unity is an imposed agenda by external forces to confuse voters. Let's not gamble and scatter the vote again in 2017," explained Mudavadi, who tackled a variety of issues in the over an hour morning show.
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Mudavadi who noted that he is so far the only tried and tested Luhya leader who has declared his interest to vie for the presidency, dismissed the two-horse instigation as browed propaganda from 2013.
"My chances are as significant as any other if the voter plays smart. But more important is, ANC must form or be in a position to have a say in formation of government," said the former Deputy Prime Minister.
On the 2013 debacle when President Uhuru Kenyatta ceded ground for him and later reneged, Mudavadi said political sabotage was at play even from his backyard.
"The madimoni were everywhere. We agreed in a meeting in Masaai Mara under Cotu boss Francis Atwoli that we would support whoever would make it to the ballot between me, Cyrus Jirongo and Moses Wetangula," he explained.
"On the other side, aspirants on TNA who wanted to ride on Uhuru's support were spooked. Without him to exploit, they developed cold feet and engineered rebellion," he added.
The ANC party leader at the same time emphasized that his party is an independent entity and it is no way an affiliate of either Jubilee or CORD. He divulged that he created ANC in consultation with New Ford Kenya to give the region a truly indigenous political party identity.
"For every party we join like ODM, we are reminded that we were only guests. Supporters also insisted UDF was a shirt I had borrowed. Within UDF, we were constantly reminded the party had its owners. So they plotted to slow me down through wrangles and courts. Like Eneke the bird in Chinua Achebe's story, 'if men have learnt to shoot without missing, I have learnt to fly without patching'", he said.
He dismissed claims by UDF caretaker leader, Benjamin Washiali that MPs were not consulted on formation of ANC as "opportunistic" since all UDF MPs signed a petition to remove the chairman. The matter went to the Political Parties Tribunal that "was compromised by external forces" in its decision.
Pressed to reveal who external forces were, the former Deputy Prime Minister did not mention names but said: "I was dealing with extortionist crooks in UDF and the proxies who petitioned that we were members of other parties."
"My brother Washiali should tread carefully and not be blinded by his proxy role. He is very passionate about the perks as Deputy Majority Whip. Without my patronage, he must have been threatened to takeover UDF or loose the job," Mudavadi said and repeated that UDF will be dead by 2017.
"I gave UDF life. I know MPs and MCAs are marking time in UDF. All branches deserted to ANC. It's a shell of its former self without me," he asserted.
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