Mudavadi's presidency bid non-negotiable: ANC allies

Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi addresses the media at the Musalia Mudavadi Centre in Nairobi on August 23, 2020.

Photo credit: Dennis Onsongo | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The members from Western and North Rift regions said his bid for the presidency is unstoppable and that he has what it takes to lead Kenya in the right direction.
  • Mr Waliaula further called on Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Council of Governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) to stop misleading Luhyas on the presidential candidacy and support Mr Mudavadi.

There will be negotiation on politician Musalia Mudavadi’s journey to State House as he will certainly be on the ballot in the 2022 General Election, members of his Amani National Congress (ANC) party have said.

The members from Western and North Rift regions said his bid for the presidency is unstoppable and that he has what it takes to lead Kenya in the right direction.

ANC’s Western region Organising Secretary Martin Waliaula said Mr Mudavadi will have enough backing to vie for the post.

“We have resolved to support our party leader … there is no negotiation on that. Those who wish to join us should think of taking up the deputy position because the presidency is already filled,” he said, adding they want to form the government in 2022, not to merely be part of it.

Mr Waliaula further called on Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Council of Governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) to stop misleading Luhyas on the presidential candidacy and support Mr Mudavadi.

“Wamalwa is in government but the region has not benefited at all so there is nothing Luhyas are expecting from him,” he said.

He said the ANC boss will not back Jubilee Party’s Tangatanga faction or the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga but will instead sell his own manifesto and endear himself to Kenyans as an ideal presidential candidate.

Economic revival

Mr Waliaula further said Mr Mudavadi is the only “doctor” who can “resuscitate” Kenya from economic ruination.

“We will not allow the sale of Nzoia Sugar Company. The firm stands on our forefathers’ land so we will fight tooth and nail to ensure the county owns it for the sake of our people,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by Nelly Pserem from Uasin Gishu County, who asked women and youths to join ANC and support its leader.

“He is the only leader who will save this country,” she said.

She added, “Women should champion what rightly belongs to them through vying for various electable positions.”

Agnes Barasa from Kakamega County said Mr Mudavadi has passed all political tests and is ready to lead Kenya.

“Mudavadi has persevered and grown into a ripe leader. We will support his presidency bid by all means. We will move around and solicit votes for him. We need numbers to support our candidate,” she said.

West Bukusu Ward Representative Sospeter Nyongesa said Mr Mudavadi is the only blameless politician in graft matters.

“We invite all people who wish to vie for various political seats to join ANC so they can be elected as they back Mudavadi as the presidential candidate,” he stated.