Kenya Kwanza Alliance luminary Musalia Mudavadi has pleaded with voters in his ‘stronghold’ not to embarrass him in the August general election by voting for UDA candidates.
Mudavadi was speaking with residents on Vihiga where he asked the residents to elect ANC candidates since the area is his home ground and it would be embarrassing to have a UDA candidate win.
On Wednesday night, while speaking to voters in his Sabatia backyard, Mudavadi resorted to speaking in the local dialect to drive his point home and in a bid to raise his 70 per cent stake in the alliance, he asked
“Don’t embarrass me in the forthcoming general election; just give me ANC MP in my backyard,” Mudavadi pleaded.
He asked Vihiga residents if they could imagine a situation where residents in Deputy President William Ruto’s Sugoi home vote for an ANC candidate.
“If you look keenly, do you think Sugoi residents can elect an ANC MP in their backyard despite some of us being on one coalition?” Mudavadi posed.
“Let’s be honest and say the truth as much we are going to form a government, yes, but Ruto's home MP will be from the UDA party."
Musalia Mudavadi is wondering why UDA is fielding candidates all over Western Kenya to compete with his own ANC... Telling Westerners that even in Sugoi, they have a UDA MCA, that they should not embarrass mwana wa mulembe ???? pic.twitter.com/VhbwVLndku— Lord Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai) June 9, 2022
Mudavadi was rooting for ANC parliamentary candidate Emmanuel Ayodi who is seeking to replace Alfred Agoi who is contesting for the Vihiga gubernatorial seat.
Ayodi will face it off on the ballot with UDA’s Clement Sloya, ODM’s Kidinduhu Ibii, and Independent candidate Ikumu Arafat.
Mudavadi’s concerns seem to come from the recent campaign by UDA aspirants in Vihiga for the six-piece voting pattern.
One such aspirant is Woman Representative candidate Jackline Mwenesi who said last Friday that there were no Kenya Kwanza Alliance candidates. Therefore, people should vote for UDA candidates.
“We are going to vote for UDA candidates in this forthcoming elections here in Vihiga. We have no Kenya Kwanza candidates,” Mwenesi said.
“We want Senator UDA, MCA UDA, and Woman Rep UDA MP UDA, in fact, that MP position by 9 am will be a done deal.”
In their power-sharing deal, Ruto charged Mudavadi and FORD-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula to deliver 70 per cent of all the Western votes in the August election for them to enjoy the perks that might come with Kenya Kwanza’s win.
Therefore, calls for a six-piece voting pattern in Mudavadi’s background stifles his ambitions to become the next Prime Cabinet Secretary.