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Wetang'ula's ally hits out at Mudavadi over tiff with Raila

28 November 2013, 13:00 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Kanduyi MP, Wafula Wamunyinyi, who is also the Bungoma County Ford Kenya chairman and the head of the campaign team of Moses Wetang’ula, has wadded into the war of words between former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Amani Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi.

Mudavadi on Tuesday fired salvos at the CORD Co-principal Raila Odinga for making unsavoury remarks about him at a rally in Bungoma that was meant to drum up support for Wetang’ula, one of the co-principals of the CORD coalition.

Raila, in the rally at Posta Grounds that was conducted after the former senate minority leader was given a nomination certificate by the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) late Friday, branded Mudavadi and those aligned to his coalition, including Eugene Wamalwa and  Musikari Kombo (Wetang’ula main rival) as 'projects' of the Jubilee government.

In a terse statement sent to newsrooms Wednesday, Wamunyinyi hit out at the UDF leader statement which he describes as ‘cowardly outbursts' and pointed out that Mudavadi should not attack Raila, as the two are worlds apart, politically speaking.

Wamunyinyi told off Mudavadi noting that he does not hold any political sway in his own backyard, Bungoma, and the larger Wwestern Province.

“Hon. Mudavadi must explain to the Luhya nation how he lost the control of Vihiga County, his birthplace, to Hon. Moses Akaranga on a little known party called PPK... He must explain why he lost his parliamentary seat in 2002 to the same Akaranga while serving as the Vice President of the Republic of Kenya ... The man is a relic of political history and unworthy of the engagement of CORD Principals Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, H.E. Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka and Hon. Moses Wetangula.

“Mudavadi should know that there is no battle for supremacy between him and Odinga because he holds no waters in Bungoma politics. Nobody takes him seriously on anything as it is a fact that everyone knows his opportunistic and cowardly style of politics where he is always waiting to be invited, offered and given,” said Wamunyinyi who added that what Mudavadi sees as an attempt by CORD to divide the Luhya community is in reality a selfless effort at uniting the Luhya community with the rest of Kenya.

Last Thursday, when Kombo was given his nomination certificate by IEBC , Mudavadi disagreed with the people who are considering the Bungoma Senatorial by - elections a race between Jubilee and CORD, and insisted that it is between CORD and his Amani coalition.

But Wamunyinyi rubbished Mudavadi’s claims and scoffed at the Amani coalition observing that it has no diversity and has little representation in the country as compared to CORD, which he noted has a national outlook with legislators, Senators and Governors from all over Kenya.

“We urge Hon Mudavadi to conduct an issue based campaign, if he cannot; he should leave it to those who understand the issues facing Kenyans,” Wamunyinyi observed.

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