2022 SUCCESSION

Mudavadi, Wetangula meet over elusive Luhya unity

ANC leader has met more than 15 political leaders in the past week alone.

In Summary

• The ANC leader held a three-hour meeting with Wetangula where they pledged to work together for Luhya unity and in the interest of the country.

• Mudavadi is focusing on preparing to vie for presidency in 2022 but he insists that at the moment he is concerned with serious issues affecting Kenyans.

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula at the Musalia Mudavadi Centre on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula at the Musalia Mudavadi Centre on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
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ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula met in Nairobi amid the ongoing political re-alignments in the country.

The two leaders discussed the Luhya unity, Covid-19 and the economy among other issues.

Mudavadi has stepped up his activities at the Musalia Mudavadi Center where within the past week, he has met with more than 15 political leaders including allies of Deputy President William Ruto.

The ANC leader held a three-hour meeting with Wetangula where they pledged to work together for Luhya unity and in the interest of the country.

Present also were MPs Tindi Mwale (Butere) and Aseka Miradi (Khwisero).

Mudavadi and Wetangula did not comment about their discussions but their communication teams said it was about matters of national interest.

Sources said they discussed issues touching on the opposition Nasa.

“The two are our leaders and obviously have to keep on consulting about regional and national matters,” said Mwale.

They also discussed challenges in the sugar sector in Western Kenya and the collapse of the general economy in the region.

Mudavadi is focusing on preparing to vie for presidency in 2022 but he insists that at the moment he is concerned with serious issues affecting Kenyans.

“The time for politics will come but as of now Kenyans want matters to do with Covid-19, floods and the economy discussed and dealt with,” said Mudavadi.

There have been splits among leaders from the Luhya community after a section of MPs said they would back Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and CS Eugene Wamalwa to lead the community.

But Mudavadi and Wetangula downplayed the sentiments insisting they were not angling to be clan chiefs.

The duo has been disusing how ANC will work with Ford Kenya and other allies from outside Western Kenya ahead of the 2022 polls.

Last Sunday Mudavadi met with Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Sirisia MP John Waluke among others who are Ruto allies.

The meeting sparked off speculation of a possible alliance between the ANC leader and the DP.

However, ANC Deputy Party Leader Ayub Savula said there were no plans for a political deal between the two but insisted Mudavadi was focusing on preparing himself to run for the top seat come 2022.

“ANC will have Mudavadi as its presidential candidate in 2022 but he has our blessings to go out and seek friendship and backing with other Kenyans. That is what he is doing at the moment,” said Savula.

Wetangula has also declared his interest in the top seat and at the same time insists on a working formula with Mudavadi to spearhead Luhya unity and deal with economic issues affecting the Western region.

Mudavadi has said he will not go into a political deal with Jubilee because ANC belongs to the Nasa coalition and the law does not allow a party to belong to two coalitions.

Wiper and Chama Cha Mashinani are said to be pushing for the dissolution of Nasa so that they can sign coalition agreements with Jubilee.


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