Luhya lead­ers ask Raila to sup­port Mu­davadi’s pres­i­den­tial bid in 2017

The only way to de­throne Ju­bilee from gov­ern­ment is to join the su­per al­liance and back the ANC leader for Pres­i­dent. The ODM leader can then be an ad­viser in gov­ern­ment

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Luhya lead­ers have urged ODM leader Raila Odinga to back Musalia Mu­davadi’s Na­tional Su­per Al­liance, de­spite some ex­press­ing doubt he will join Nasa.

They said the op­po­si­tion stands a bet­ter chance of re­mov­ing Ju­bilee from power if Raila backs Mu­davadi for Pres­i­dent.

Vi­higa Gov­er­nor Moses Akaranga yes­ter­day hinted that Mu­davadi may go it alone with an al­liance out­side Cord.

“I doubt ODM party leader Raila Odinga will agree to join and work with Mu­davadi’s Na­tional Su­per Al­liance. I would sug­gest that he joins the ANC leader’s coali­tion if he wants to see the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment out of power,” he told the Star on the phone.

“The Mulembe na­tion will be united if they have one of their own as a strong pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.”

Akaranga asked col­leagues to stop sab­o­tag­ing Luhya unity.

JOIN SU­PER AL­LIANCE

Mu­davadi has urged Cord co-prin­ci­pals Raila, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses We­tang’ula to join Nasa. But the re­al­ity of the three po­lit­i­cal heavy­weights join­ing re­mains a mi­rage less than nine months to the Au­gust polls.

“2017 will be the year when things will change. We are talk­ing and Nasa is grow­ing. We will use it to get rid of Ju­bilee and stop its lead­ers from steal­ing Kenyan money. We will use Nasa to catch the thieves,” Mu­davadi said.

“Any­body who will be out­side Nasa will be part of Ju­bilee. They are the peo­ple we want to eject from of­fice be­cause they are steal­ing from Kenyans.”

KALONZO AS RUN­NING MATE

Vi­higa MP Yusuf Chanzu said Raila should shelve his pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tion and sup­port Mu­davadi, with Kalonzo as the run­ning mate.

“Mu­davadi and Kalonzo will be the best pair to de­liver vic­tory as this will con­sol­i­date the Luhya vote,” he said.

Af­ter win­ning, Mu­davadi will bring in Raila as an ad­viser to the gov­ern­ment, Chanzu said.

MPs Ayub Savula (Lu­gari) and Ben­jamin Washiali (Mu­mias East) last week said there are be­hind-the-scenes ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Cord and Mu­davadi. The two al­leged Raila sent politi- cal emis­saries to Mu­davadi to com­pel him to drop his pres­i­den­tial bid and in­stead run for Nairobi gov­er­nor.

The re­ports were dis­missed by Mu­davadi’s spokesman Kibisu Ka­batesi as “hog­wash” and part of a scheme by Ju­bilee to scut­tle the Nasa take-off.

Yes­ter­day, in a press state­ment signed by ODM di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions Philip Etale, lead­ers from Western said they will hold a Re­gional Del­e­gates’ Con­ven­tion on Fri­day to dis­cuss elec­tion prepa­ra­tions.

“We want our peo­ple to have a say on the choice of the flag-bearer,” deputy party leader Wy­cliffe Oparanya said. “Our re­gion has been for­got­ten in de­vel­op­ment. We want lead­er­ship that will re­vive our dead and ail­ing in­dus­tries and not empty prom­ises.” Raila will at­tend the one-day event.

/FELIX KIPKEMOI

Bomet Gov­er­nor Isaac Rutto, his wife Es­ther, ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi and Kisumu Gov­er­nor Jack Ranguma dur­ing Rutto’s thanks­giv­ing rally in Bomet on Sun­day

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