Mudavadi accuses Opposition mates of abandoning Kenyans
Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi yesterday accused Opposition MPs of abandoning Kenyans in their hour of need.
As one of the key founders of the National Super Alliance (Nasa), Mudavadi also criticised the Orange Democratic Movement party of building coalitions with leaders facing graft cases in court.
Mudavadi, who hit the streets of Kibra to campaign for his candidate Eliud Owalo on a relatively quiet Monday, accused the Orange party of running away from Nasa partners.
“It’s difficult to differentiate between ODM’s John Mbadi and Jubilee’s Aden Duale. It’s hard to know who is the leader of government business in Parliament,” he said.
The former deputy premier said it was surprising to find Mbadi either opposing motions brought to the floor of the House by Opposition members, and vocal in supporting government business in Parliament. “We are asking the ODM: Why have you abandoned Kenyans in the hour of need?” asked Mudavadi.
Owalo and 23 others are seeking to succeed the late Ken Okoth, who succumbed to cancer in July.
Mudavadi questioned ODM’s move to build a new coalition when the status of Nasa—which had a goal to take Kenyans to Canaan—has not been achieved.
“If there’s going to be any coalition, it must be one that corrects the economic crimes in the country that have been perpetuated by the same people who were in ODM rally yesterday (Sunday),” said the ANC leader.
He said most of the governors supporting the election of ODM’s candidate for Kibra, Bernard Imran Okoth, have corruption cases and want to hide behind the ODM leader Raila Odinga..
He said Owalo is the best bet to take Kibra constituency forward by addressing the problems of the informal settlers. He described Jubilee Party, in which Deputy President William Ruto is fronting a candidate as composed of tourists who do not have interests of Kibra people at heart.
Owalo exuded confidence of clinching the seat in Thursday’s mini-poll.
“I am appealing to you my people to elect me because I understand your problems. I will expand the bursaries from Sh5, 000 to Sh10, 000. I will also serve all the communities in Kibra regardless of their ethnic background,” he said.
Unlike in Sunday’s rallies where political muscle was displayed, the ANC meeting yesterday was dominated by local politicians.
Mudavadi was accompanied by Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba, Ayub Savula (Lugari), Alfred Agoi (Sabatia) and Nambale MP John Bunyasi among others.