Mudavadi feels the pressure in wake of new Marende party
03 June 2015, 18:31
Nairobi - In a move that will likely cause sleepless nights for former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi, former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende has formed a new party, one that is already causing jitters in Western Kenya.
Marende and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo have joined forces to form the United Democratic Party, the vehicle through which they hope to use as leverage as the 2017 General Election approaches.
The two, who have refused a call for Luhya unity ahead of the elections are hoping to rally the Luhya vote and use it to negotiate well as regards the coming elections.
But according to Mudavadi, who is still unsure of his next move after losing the 2013 elections, the move by the two amounts to political mercenary.
Mudavadi says that the two's aim is to effectively split the Kakamega vote further, of which he depends on too.
" Parties are vehicles for political expression and governance and should never be created for the express purpose of undermining the
right of any Kenyan to aspire for office," a clearly frustrated Mudavadi said Tuesday in a press statement.
" This says a lot about the machinations afoot to derail me and the Amani National Congress ANC from gaining the goodwill of Kenyans.",he added.
According to political analyst Richard Khalulwe, the rant by Mudavadi is an indication of his waning influence in the region's political landscape.
" I think that the statement is ill timed and should not have come out from Mudavadi," he says.
" The reality is that he (Mudavadi) feels the pressure and knows he has a fight on his hands as long as those two are together ".
" Further, he knows that the two will likely team up with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and that will not help matters at all from him ".
" I think that Mudavadi knows his time is up unless he can come up with a real strategy. After being dumped by Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2007 elections, he has lost momentum and is now a political also ran," he believes.
Mudavadi has been linked to both sides of the political divide, with reports stating that he declined a Cabinet Position to continue with his plans for top office, while there has also been news that he might join up with Raila Odinga's ODM and CORD coalition.
He has yet to confirm either but his statement will likely mean that he wants to run for the top office come 2017.
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