Uhuru eyeing western Kenya bloc ahead of 2017 elections
19 April 2015, 17:39
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has turned his attention to the western Kenya voting block as he seeks to build his numbers ahead of the 2017 General Election.
The president has stuck his fist into the region and has started by appointing Eugene Wamalwa the new Cabinet Secretary Water and Irrigation.
The move will buy him favour with Wamalwa and in essence open up room for an alliance with his new Ford Kenya party.
On the other hand, he is understood to be trailing UDF leader Musalia Mudavadi, as evidenced by their meeting at Uhuru's private State House home last week.
Wamalwa and Mudavadi were both at the meeting.
Reports indicate that Mudavadi was also offered a cabinet position but declined the offer, stating that he would not like to be a member of the cabinet but rather an outside influence on the Jubilee coalition.
Whether he will agree to work with Uhuru's Jubilee Alliance Party moving forward is a matter yet to be known.
Mudavadi has according to reports also been in touch with the opposition CORD coalition regarding working with them.
According to persons privy to the JAP-UDF association, Uhuru is eyeing the crucial Kakamega axis, which earned Mudavadi over 300,000 votes in the 2013 General Election.
He believes that if he can slice those off CORD's feet, he will have a great machine come the 2017 polls.
" Mudavadi has been spoken to about an alliance and he is willing to work with the Jubilee coalition. How that will work is yet to be known but he is open to it, the source told News24.
Whether he will agree to the move and to work with Uhuru is a topic of discussion on its own as the well documented memorandum of understanding between the two in the run up to the 2013 elections is still fresh in the minds of Kenyans.
The two had agreed that Mudavadi take the Jubilee ticket for the presidency but Uhuru turned around on the agreement at the last minute.
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