Support Mudavadi's ambitions, Western Mps urge their counterparts
03 January 2016, 08:32
Vihiga - Two legislators in Western Region have called on their counterparts to support Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi’s presidential ambitions in the run up to the 2017 general elections.
Sabatia MP, Alfred Agoi and his Lugari counterpart Ayub Savula said leaders from the region engaging in politics of betrayal by supporting either Jubilee or Cord should rethink their positions.
“Whereas in other regions people are busy strengthening their political parties to sell their agenda in 2017, leaders from Western Region are busy being cheaply bought. We should be able to stop this kind of behaviour and support that which is ours,” Savula said.
He added, “We want to strengthen Amani National Congress party, which is lead by former deputy prime minister Musalia Mudavadi.”
He said leaders from the region who have been secretly meeting with either the government’s side or the opposition to plan on how to get votes from the region are misguided.
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Agoi said despite the region being divided in the exercise of the people’s democratic rights, Mudavadi was still the man to beat when it comes to support from the people.
“Mudavadi is the foremost frontrunner in the region’s politics and we cannot ignore him and support other leaders from other regions. We should strive and make one of our own to be a brand that we need,” said Agoi.
The leaders spoke when they attended the Abanyore Cultural Festival held at Ebusakami Secondary School in Vihiga County.
Savula rubbished Water and Irrigation cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa who asked the three leaders from the Western Region, who have announced their bids to go for the presidency in the coming election to shelve their ambitions and retreat to plan on how best to win.
Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi, United Democratic Party’s Cyrus Jirongo and New Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang'ula have both expressed their desire to vie for the presidency in 2017.
“The region still has a low voter registration, which when divided amongst the three presidential hopefuls, will not be any significant,” said Wamalwa.
He added, “Sometimes retreat is not surrender. It is an art of war. I therefore ask the leaders to retreat in battle like sheep, before striking back.”
Savula said Wamalwa cannot ask the leaders from the region to behave like sheep.
“Sheep is one of the most foolish animals to have ever appeared in the books of history. We want our leaders to march forward in their bids for what they want, not retreating to anything,” Savula said.
He added, “Wamalwa should only concentrate on implementing projects as a cabinet secretary and avoid engaging in politics.”
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