Lead­ers hint at Moi, Mu­davadi al­liance

MPS and sen­a­tors urge Kanu and ANC lead­ers to unite for State House job

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SUNDAY REVIEW - BY BEN­SON AMADALA AND IBRAHIM ORUKO

ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi and Kanu chair­man Gideon Moi yes­ter­day at­tended an event with al­lies of op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga in what sig­nalled an emerg­ing 2022 po­lit­i­cal al­liance.

Dur­ing a fundraiser in aid of traders in Kakamega County, Mr Mu­davadi, Mr Moi and Mr Odinga's al­lies were chal­lenged to chart a po­lit­i­cal path that will usher in a new lead­er­ship in prepa­ra­tion for Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta's suc­ces­sion amid at­tacks on Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto.

Sen­a­tors and MPS drawn from ANC, ODM and Kanu told Mr Mu­davadi and Mr Moi to forge a for­mi­da­ble team that will give the coun­try fresh lead­er­ship and a new po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion.

MPS Wil­liam Kamket (Ti­aty) Si­las Tiren (Moiben), Al­fred Agoi (Sa­ba­tia) and Bishop Ti­tus Khamala (Lu­rambi) kicked off the de­bate.

The lead­ers said they would not be “fooled to back Mr Ruto's pres­i­den­tial bid” and were fully in sup­port Mr Mu­davadi and Mr Moi.

“All you need to do is start plan­ning this jour­ney so that among you, we will have the next pres­i­dent and his deputy,” said Kakamega Sen­a­tor Cleophas Malala, who was the host.

He added: “This is no or­di­nary meet­ing since the com­ing to­gether of Mu­davadi and Moi will com­pletely change the di­rec­tion of pol­i­tics in the coun­try.”

The Kakamega meet­ing was the sec­ond of the two lead­ers in one week. They first met on Tues­day at Club Aero in Nairobi's Lav­ing­ton, where, ac­cord­ing to sources, they ap­praised each other's con­tri­bu­tion to­wards po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try.

Si­aya Sen­a­tor James Orengo rep­re­sented Mr Odinga and was ac­com­pa­nied by his col­leagues Fred Outa (Kisumu) and Moses Ka­jwang' (Homa Bay) and Gem MP Elisha Od­hi­ambo.

There were re­ports that Mom­basa Gover­nor Has­san Joho was also ex­pected to at­tend yes­ter­day's fundraiser but opted out as he had a sim­i­lar event in Taita-taveta County.

Vi­higa Sen­a­tor Ge­orge Khaniri, who was part of Mr Odinga's en­tourage when they vis­ited Kabarak early in the year, was also ex­pected at the meet­ing. “I was in­vited, but I couldn't at­tend be­cause I have lost a close friend. I had to at­tend the burial,” Mr Khaniri said with­out go­ing into de­tails.

The meet­ing be­tween Mr Mu­davadi and Mr Moi came hot on the heels of a sim­i­lar one be­tween the ANC leader and Mr Joho last week.

Yes­ter­day, Mr Orengo gave the strong­est hint that some kind of al­liance was in the off­ing, promis­ing the crowd that the line up will be re­leased at the right time. “The ref­er­en­dum is com­ing for sure. We are go­ing back to the ref­er­en­dum to bring change to the Con­sti­tu­tion,” he said even as he cau­tioned against the de­bate on the 2022 pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns, say­ing the lead­ers should first show the peo­ple the di­rec­tion they need to take.

“We must be care­ful to elect lead­ers who will re­spect the sovereignty of the peo­ple of Kenya,” said Mr Orengo.

For­mer Lu­gari MP Cyrus Jirongo warned Kenyans to be care­ful about elect­ing lead­ers who were im­pli­cated in plun­der­ing pub­lic re­sources and were seek­ing the coun­try's top seat.

Mr Mu­davadi and Mr Moi steered clear of pol­i­tics and in­stead chose to fo­cus on the war on cor­rup­tion and asked Kenyans to back Pres­i­dent Keny­atta in his cam­paign to deal with the vice.

Mr Moi said the de­bate on the 2022 pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns were pre­ma­ture and lead­ers should in­stead fo­cus on ad­dress­ing the de­vel­op­ment needs of those they rep­re­sent.

Mr Mu­davadi hinted that he was ready to work with the Baringo sen­a­tor to chart a new po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion for the coun­try.

“My re­la­tion­ship with Gideon and his fam­ily stretches many years back. I went to school with him (Gideon) and we are still very close and good friends,” said Mr Mu­davadi.

The ANC leader said at the mo­ment Kenyans should fo­cus the war on cor­rup­tion and en­sure those im­pli­cated are pros­e­cuted.

He asked Pres­i­dent Keny­atta to form a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry to in­ves­ti­gate those im­pli­cated in the maize and sugar scan­dals among oth­ers re­lated to the leased med­i­cal equip­ment supplied to county gov­ern­ments.

ANC leader Musalia Mu­davadi, Kanu chair­man Gideon Moi and other politi­cians dur­ing a fundraiser at the Kakamega bus park in Kakamega town, yes­ter­day.

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