Mudavadi rules out boardroom decision to choose Luhya presidential candidate
05 October 2015, 14:57
Nairobi - Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi has ruled out possibility of holding boardroom decisions with leaders from Western Kenya to endorse one person as the region’s flag bearer in 2017 General Elections.
Mudavadi said holding boardroom meetings would deny residents a chance to be involved in the region’s decision making process.
“Going into boardrooms to choose one of us will be imposing on our people a policy of exclusion in serious matters that want their input. It is against their democratic rights,” said Mudavadi.
Mudavadi spoke at Mululu, Vihiga County, when he met youths drawn from across the county on Sunday afternoon.
The former premier said everyone in the region is free to declare their interests in the presidency without being blocked.
He said the move by the 42 Members of Parliament from the region to appoint Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli as the leader in uniting different politicians was welcome.
A fortnight ago, the MPs led by the Western Parliamentary Caucus Secretary General Malulu Injendi and Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi, endorsed Mr Atwoli to unite rebel leaders from the region.
Mudavadi said the Luhya region had grown beyond producing presidential aspirants who only try once and then disappear in thin air.
“In this region, only former vice President Wamalwa Kijana and Martin Shikuku tried once to be on the ballot, and then lost hope of contesting altogether. I am not ready to join the list of those who try once and lose hope,” he said.
He noted that he will not engage in politics of populism to make himself famous, but will engage constructively in his second attempt towards clinching the presidency.
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