Mudavadi shuns party individualism
29 February 2012, 14:03
Deputy prime Minister and ODM presidential aspirant Musalia Mudavadi has urged politicians across the country to shun from the past trend of associating political parties with individuals.
The Minister for the Local Government said the notion of politicians believing that they own a party by themselves without giving a room for democracy should cease if politicians want a party to stand strongly.
‘’No party in Kenya is owned by an individual. All party members need to be given a chance to exercise their democratic rights without undermining anybody even ODM does not belong to one individual ‘noted Mudavadi.
He said if a politician believes he is the Alfa and Omega of any party, that party will automatically die due to failure of embracing opinion from other party members.
‘’If anybody want to succeed in politics don’t show how hard you are but how smart you are,’’said the deputy prime minister.
Speaking in meru over the weekend, Musalia said prominent parties that have fought for independence and second liberation of this nation have died a natural death due to lack of democratic respect.
Accompanied by Assistant minister for Special Programes Manyala Keya and Shinyalu Mp Justus Kizito, the Minister urged the party delegates to nominate him ODM flag bearer so he can inherit the good will of President Kibaki when he retire from office.
He said he is ready to work with all Kenyans regardless of their tribes to ensure the new constitution is fully implemented and urged wananchi to avoid electing leaders who do not believe in the new constitution.
‘We are asking Prime Minister Raila Odinga to pass the ball to Musalia who is at the penalty zone since he has already been marked as the best scorer,’ said Emuhaya ODM Chairman Khalid Njiraini.
Mudavadi also called for the party nominations to be held at county level instead of the national delegates in order to avoid rigging.
Mudavadi said during the national elections exercises many genuine delegates are locked outside at the voting venue while imposters are allowed to enter to vote for the predetermined candidate.
“Many genuine delegates are mistreated, beaten; lose property while others fail to afford transport to get to Kasarani This practice erodes democracy because many especially the handicapped miss the chance to vote for their preferred candidate,” he said.
The presidential aspirant, ssured the delegates that the party will produce a presidential candidate even if the election were held in August or December this year.
He urged Kenyans to shun the traditional voting patterns where tribalism is given priority and instead embrace policy and ideas of the candidates.
He dismissing claims that he was a project of several prominent politicians Mudavadi said he only a project to Kenyans owing to his popularity and nationalistic stand.
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