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UDF rooting for Shitanda

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY SHABAN MAKOKHA

Kakamega UDF officials have reiterated they will support Housing minister Soita Shitanda for governor on a New Ford Kenya ticket. Shitanda is competing against former Nyanza PC Paul Olando of UDF which is in the Amani coalition led by Musalia Mudavadi.

 

Mudavadi, party secretary Dan Ameyo and former MP for Ikolomani Boni Khalwale said they will support Shitanda despite him being in a different party.

 

Speaking at Shianda in Mumias recently, Ameyo appealed to residents of Mumias to vote for UDF candidates ranging from Mudavadi as President “and all these candidates accompanying him today”.

 

Olando did not accompany them during the rallies held by Mudavadi in Kakamaga and Bungoma Counties. According to Khalwale who is seeking the senate seat in the county, “Shitanda has brought the party from far and we can’t have UDF without him”.

 

“The team you are seated in front of you here is the team that will form the next government from the national, county to the constituency level” Khalwale stated.

 

Shitanda was barred from contesting for the governor seat on a UDF ticket over academic background. The party instead endorsed Olando as its candidate for the seat at the March 4 elections.

 

Amani presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi while addressing the rally asked the Luhya community to unite and consolidate their vote to Amani during the next week’s elections.

 

He challenged CORD to cease from claims that Mudavadi was out to spoil Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s support in Western. Efforts to get a comment from Olando have proved futile as his phone always goes unanswered neither does he respond to messages.