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UDF dismisses Mudavadi's defection claims

07 July 2015, 12:32 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - United Democratic Forum (UDF) party delegates in Vihiga County have dismissed Musalia Mudavadi’s claims that he defected to Amani National Congress (ANC) party, saying that he has not notified them about the move.

The delegates have further thrown their weight behind Mumias East MP, Ben Washiali to take over as their new party leader in UDF.

The delegates, who met at Trinity Fellowship in Maseno, said that UDF party has its foundation in Western Kenya, where they campaigned aggressively for Mudavadi in his presidential bid in 2013, but he has taken their support for granted.

“Our party has won a lot of elective positions for Members of County Assembly, Members of Parliament, Senators and even a Governor. Under poor leadership, our offices have consequently been closed due rent arrears,” said Charles Mandusa, UDF county delegates’ coordinator.

The over 40 delegates drawn from various constituencies in the County noted that the UDF party agents have not been paid for 2013 general election and that they are now planning to demonstrate against Mudavadi.

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“Why then would he want to form another party yet we have a strong party (UDF) already where the Luhya Community is the largest shareholder in elective positions?” posed Wycliffe Ndeta, the UDF delegates chairperson.

Ndeta noted that the County delegates were now supporting and endorsing Mumias East MP as the new Party leader.

“Washiali has the political experience and is the senior-most Luhya leader in the government and we as the delegates want him to take charge of the UDF party to replace Mudavadi,” Ndeta said.

The delegates challenged party chairperson, Hassan Osman and Secretary General, Benjamin Limo to fill the vacant positions within 30 days as per the new revised party constitution.

They further accused Mudavadi of not being politically aggressive enough to lead the region, which they said was responsible for their poor performance in the last general election.

“UDF party shall support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the next general elections,” said Ndeta.

The delegates asked Washiali to begin recruitment of new party members, open new party offices and re-launch the party immediately.

“We want Mudavadi to know that his move to ANC will have minimal effect within Vihiga County and the Luhya Community,” Ndeta added.

The delegates meeting comes in the backdrop of the launch of the ANC recruitment drive in the region.    

Last week, Washiali announced that he was going to take over from Mudavadi as the new UDF party leader after Mudavadi resigned so as to concentrate on building his new party, ANC.

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