Written by Leonard Wamalwa
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Deputy Prime minister Musalia Mudavadi as he addressed the public rally at the Kitale bus stage in Trans Nzoia County. He said he will still seek for dialogue with his opponents while empahsizing that he won't back down. [PHOTOS | Leonard Wamalwa]
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has reiterated his move to vie for the presidency of this country in the next general elections insisting that he will not turn back as some of the politicians are trying to imply.
Mudavadi who was addressing a public rally at Kitale Bus stage said that there is no reverse gear in his ambition to lead the country and recalled the 2002 scenario that saw him lose his Sabatia seat for reversing back to the then President Moi's KANU.
"The other time when I engaged a reverse gear, the electorate were furious with me and did not even want to see me hence send me on leave but this time I want to assure that there is no such gear and am focused up to the end of the race," affirmed Mudavadi.
He dismissed those calling him names and speculating that he was poised to return to his former party saying he has no problem to with them and has forgiven them over their statements.
Mudavadi who was accompanied by Ikolomani and Shinyalu MPs Boni Khalwale and Kizito Mugali together with former trade minister Dr Mukhisa Kituyi vowed not to get involved in dirty politics of insults and name calling but will focus on dialoguing with leaders from all parts of the country to get a national backing.
He noted that he will not tire to talk with Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa and other aspiring candidates from Luhya land to have a consensus and way forward to clinch the presidency of this country.
"I am extending an olive branch to my brother Eugene Wamalwa and Cyrus Jirongo among others for us to be peaceful and work together and avoid insulting each other. I will talk to all the others aspirants including Uhuru, Ruto, Karua and even Wetangula and Bifwoli because we have no option but to talk to each other," Mudavadi pointed out.
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He challenged the leaders who want to liberate Kenyans to concentrate on eradicating poverty among Kenyans and reduction of the cost of living pounding them because there is no visible opponent of Kenyans like the colonial whites whom he said were long gone after attaining of independence.
The Sabatia MP insisted that he should be given chance to open the door for a Luhya presidency after he was the first one to become a Luhya vice president that saw the late VP Michael Kijana Wamalwa and Uncle Moody Awori follow suit.
At the same time Khalwale and Kituyi affirmed that Mudavadi is the most experienced politician of the day among the Luhya leaders and thus is the prospective person to seek presidency as compared to others such as Eugene and Jirongo.
Mukhisa said that Wamalwa can be a prospective leader at a later period but felt that Mudavadi is ready to go for the seat now. He said the Luhya community has got a vast experience of assisting leaders from other communities to access power and thus can use the same experience to help one of their own accesses the same power.
Khalwale and Mugali cautioned against Luhya divisions which they said will be an advantage to their opponents and hence essence for the community to work as a team in their endeavors.
"This is now the time for the voters from the Bukusu nation to hold hands with voters from Maragoli nation and vote together and work together because we want the Luhya nation to speak and speak in one voice," Khalwale said.
The 'Bull fighter' further urged Wamalwa to join them and lauded his move to re-brand the New Ford Kenya party which he said he had given it to him.
"We want to beg my brother Wamalwa to come we work together not because he is not educated but because there is order of seniority in the Luhya community and at the moment the longest serving member of parliament is Musalia Mudavadi," Khalwale noted.
Khalwale cited ealier incidences where veteran politician Martin Shikuku had to give way for Masinde Muliro among others including cases where the late Wamalwa was given go ahead in some positions because of his political seniority at the respective time.
The team was scheduled to address public rallies at Maili Saba, Sibanga, Kachibora, Ziwa and Kabarnet among others in the region.
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