NEW ALLIANCE

Mudavadi, Weta, Kalonzo, Gideon promise new dawn for Kenya

They have camped in Western and have promised to promote issue-based campaigns

In Summary

• Wetang'ula said Kenya was at a defining moment in its leadership, saying the four parties want to bring 'hygiene' to Kenyan politics.

• Gideon said Kenyans are happy that the four have united.

Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula, Wiper's Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi of ANC and Gideon Moi of Kanu in Matungu on Wednesday
Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula, Wiper's Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi of ANC and Gideon Moi of Kanu in Matungu on Wednesday
Image: HILTON OTENYO

ANC, Wiper, Ford Kenya and Kanu leaders spent the second day on Wednesday in Western region where they vouched for their proposed alliance ahead of the 2022 polls.

Party leaders Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (Kanu), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Ford Kenya's Moses Wetang'ula were in Matungu, where they promised a new dawn for Kenya.

Wetang'ula said Kenya was at a defining moment in its leadership, saying the four parties want to bring 'hygiene' to Kenyan politics.

"We want to show Kenyans that you can differ without necessarily being enemies," he said.

Mudavadi said they want to promote issue-based campaigns as opposed to hurling insults at each other.

Gideon said Kenyans are happy that the four have united. "This is the new Kenya they want," he said.

On Tuesday, the four campaigned for Kalasinga Majimbo, who is vying for the MP seat in the Kabuchai by-election on a Ford Kenya ticket.

They also drummed up support for ANC's Peter Nabulindo at Etete and Bulindo markets. Nabulindo is running for MP in the Matungu by-election. 

The Matungu and Kabuchai by-elections were occasioned by the deaths of MPs Justus Murunga and James Lusweti last year.

The by-elections are scheduled for March 4.

The outcome of the by-elections will inform the direction the Luhya community takes in 2022. The two by-elections are a test on who controls the vote-rich region. The region has been supporting ODM boss Rails Odinga for decades.

Kalonzo said the joint campaigns marked the beginning of a long journey as they were among the best minds in the country.

Senators Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni), Cleophas Malala (Kakamega) and Petronilla Were (nominated) and MPs Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini), Ernest Ogesi (Vihiga), Ayub Savula (Lugari), Titus Khamala (Lurambi), Ferdinand Wanyonyi (Kwanza), Irene Kasalu (Kitui Woman Rep)), among others were present.