Mu­davadi hope­ful of sell­ing ANC in Nandi

He says Ju­bilee and Cord are closed shops

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

Amani Na­tional Congress leader Musalia Mu­davadi will camp in Nandi county this week­end to pop­u­larise his pres­i­den­tial bid.

Mu­davadi will also tour Bun­goma county to sell his party which he de­scribes as “the best choice for Kenyans who have been caught up in the un­cer­tainty of the Ju­bilee merger and un­cer­tainty in Cord over nom­i­na­tions”.

Yes­ter­day, Mu­davadi said both Ju­bilee and Cord are closed shops for as­pi­rants, and ANC of­fers a soft land­ing for those who want fair nom­i­na­tions and be­lieve in mul­ti­party democ­racy.

“ANC is open and all those who de­sire ANC tick­ets have un­til the end of Oc­to­ber to reg­is­ter with the party,” he said.

Dur­ing his visit to Bun­goma on Sun­day, Mu­davadi is ex­pected to re- ceive more than 24 ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives who have ditched New Ford Kenya and URP.

The county assem­bly mem­bers opted to join ANC af­ter their par­ties were dis­solved to form the Ju­bilee Party. The former Vice Pres­i­dent will there­after open ANC county of­fice in Bun­goma.

Mu­davadi’s visit to Nandi comes at a time of dis­quiet among res­i­dents re­gard­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of Ju­bilee’s new po­lit­i­cal party.

“We must build par­ties that unite Kenyans will­ingly and not po­lit­i­cal ma­chines where some peo­ple will be forced to toe the line,” Mu­davadi said.

In 2013, the UDF party, then led by Mu­davadi won seven ward rep­re­sen­ta­tive seats out of 30 in the Nandi county assem­bly.

Mu­davadi will meet opin­ion lead­ers in Nandi be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the fu­neral of Rev Kevolwe Osotsi, the fa­ther of Kip­tuyia ward MCA Ge­of­frey Kevolwe, in Ch­e­sumet con­stituency.

‘WE MUST BUILD PAR­TIES THAT UNITE KENYANS, NOT PO­LIT­I­CAL MA­CHINES’

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