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Mudavadi to strengthen UDF

02 September 2013, 11:10 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The United Democratic Forum (UDF) Party leader Musalia Mudavadi has said that he is concentrating on restructuring and reinvigorating the party ahead of the next polls in 2017.

Mudavadi said that he is going to make the party a force to reckon with in the near future as he establishes his stance in the country’s politics.

“We are working on the possible ways of making sure that UDF becomes a party that will take the leadership of this country. That is now my biggest priority,” he said.

Mudavadi spoke on Saturday at Chavakali High School grounds in Sabatia Constituency, Vihiga County, during the thanksgiving ceremony of area senator George Khaniri.

Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o who was present at the function had touted Mudavadi as the incumbent ODM second in command, telling him that he was still loved in the party and will be welcomed back warmly if he made a return.

However Mudavadi laughed off the ODM welcome saying that there were no permanent enemies in politics and he may seek for partnership with ODM in the near future.

“The past election was just politics and there are no permanent enemies in politics. We may form an alliance with ODM again,” Mudavadi said.

UDF party is one of the three parties which will receive funding from the central government after it performed a little better in its inaugural initiation in the national politics.   

The former Deputy Prime Minister further reiterated that he is in the race for the presidency to stay having only tried once as compared to his allies who have at least tried more than once.

“Even in football, you are given five penalties to take. I have only taken my first one, whereas others like Raila Odinga have taken four. So I still have four more penalties to take,” he said.

Vihiga senator George Khaniri however said that if Mudavadi and Raila will not pair up in the coming elections to take the presidency, then they should never think of vying again as the young turks who are salivating for the positions will take over instantly.

He said that he is bracing for the top post in the year 2022 and he is confident of winning the confidence of the Kenyans.

“Mudavadi and Raila should come together again before 2017 and unite the region as they choose one person to vie for the presidency. If they fail to make any impact in the next election, they should then humbly retire from politics completely,” he said.

Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale said that he is still supporting Mudavadi and he will help in making sure that UDF party makes impact in the country.

“We will continually fight on and look for avenues of making sure that the party takes root and becomes one of the greatest to have been around in the country’s politics,” he said.

The leaders condemned divisive politics in the country noting that the government should look for ways of enhancing national cohesion by incorporating every Kenyan into their leadership.

“We want a Kenya where everybody gets their chance to share the national cake whether they are on the side of the government or not,” Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi said.

Other leaders who graced the function included Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and Vihiga Deputy governor Caleb Amaswache.

Senators Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Bonny Khalalwe (Kakamega) Omar Hassan (Mombasa); MPs Alfred Agoi (Sabatia), Charles Gimose (Hamisi), Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga), Emmanuel Wange (Navakhalo), were also present and called for a unity of purpose in the country.

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