Mudavadi ready to join Raila in 2017
25 January 2015, 10:36
Nairobi - Amani coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi is ready to once again join forces with CORD leader Raila Odinga in the 2017 elections, according to reports.
Mudavadi has opened up the possibility of working with Raila again, as pressure from his parent party United Democratic Front UDF rises on his decision to stick with the ruling Jubilee coalition.
But now with Jubilee forming its own party and unifying to seek a common ground for future battles, Mudavadi has senses the need to not be left alone.
" Mudavadi is openly considering joining up with Raila in 2017, a close aid to Mudavadi," who did not want to be named told News24.
Mudavadi as well as party members and coalition partners have grown impatient with the treatment they have been dished out by the ruling coalition.
Added to the fact that key persons in his coalition like Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale have more or less decamped to Odinga's CORD, the need to change tact has been heightened.
" The reality is that his interests and those of UDF will likely be better served under CORD at the moment. That is the way it seems," the aide added.
ODM chairman John Mbadi when asked about the development, stopped short of stating there was something in the pipeline, but insisted that the party would be ready at any moment for Mudavadi's input.
" This party, coalition and even the former Prime Minister has worked closely with Mudavadi before. It is not a secret that it can and will work well again in future. We are open to it," he said.
Mudavadi was Deputy Prime Minister under Raila's wing in the grand coalition government.
It is expected that Mudavadi will expound further on his future plans in due course.
" There will be something formal in the coming weeks as the two coalitions (CORD and AMANI) can have common ground in the respective houses to help sway legislative agenda," the source added.
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