Is Jubilee using Wetang'ula, Musalia to divide the opposition vote?
28 June 2016, 10:37
Nakuru - As the country gears towards the 2017 general elections, political re-alignments have started taking shape with different camps working hard to woe supporters to their sides.
In the run up to the 2013 general elections, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader who the ODM deputy party leader then, Musalia Mudavadi hurriedly left ODM and formed the UDF party and then went ahead to become the party flag bearer in the Presidential election.
Though Mudavadi has stated that he will be on the 2017 presidential ballot, there is talk that he is seriously considering joining forces with the opposition so as to increase chances of defeating the ruling Jubilee coalition.
Musalia who entered a post election agreement with the Jubilee coalition has lately become a vocal critic of the government and has not ruled out any possibilities of working with the opposition in 2017.
However, reports have emerged that the Jubilee coalition is pushing Mudavadi and FORD Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula to vie for the Presidency as one way of splitting the western Kenya votes, a region considered a CORD stronghold.
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According to ODM Nakuru County chair Peter Ole Osono, the Jubilee coalition has promised to fully fund the campaigns of Wetang'ula and Mudavadi if they vie for the Presidency in 2017.
The move is aimed at curtailing Raila's popularity in western Kenya and therefore drastically reduce the number of votes he gets from the region.
"The plan by Jubilee is to have both Wetang'ula and Mudavadi vie for the Presidency and they have promised to fund their campaigns. This is being done because they want to completely split the western Kenya vote into three and by so doing they will have reduced the number of votes that Raila gets from the region," said Osono.
"They have read the signs and seen that Mudavadi might decide to team up with Raila in 2017 and that is what they are trying to avoid and they are ready to spend billions of shillings just to accomplish their mission," he said.
In the 2013 general election, Mudavadi garnered slightly over 500,000 votes.
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