Mudavadi courting Ole Kina, Buzeki, claims Malalah
Bernard Gitau and Reuben Mwambingu
Amani National Congress (ANC) is reportedly talking to Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina and Uasin Gishu politician Bundotich Buzeki with a view to wooing them into the Musalia Mudavadi-led outfit.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malalah said yesterday that ANC intends to open up the party leadership positions to give it a national outlook.
“We have been receiving criticism from other parties that ANC is a Luhya party and we want to debunk that myth,” said Malala.
He revealed that the party had engaged Ole Kina (pictured) and Buzeki who he claimed had agreed to join the party once Parliament is dissolved.
“If we want Musalia Mudavadi to ascend to power, we must delocalise the party and turn it into a national party,” he said.
Malalah said the party was planning a national recruitment drive in all the 47 counties.
“I want to encourage the current party officials who are mostly from the Luhya nation to allow other members to come in and lead,” Malalah said.
The Senator also said ANC was looking for alliances with like-minded leaders as they seek to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, but ruled out a coalition with Deputy President William Ruto or ODM leader Raila Odinga.
He said the likely coalition is one which brings together Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Baringo Senator Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya). “We are discouraging the party leader from alliances with parties such as the newly formed UDA linked to Deputy President William Ruto because it is formed on quicksand,” said Malalah.
He said Mudavadi would only engage with leaders who can allow others to lead.
“Since Raila has declared he will be on the ballot, I am ruling out a coalition with him because Mudavadi will certainly be on the ballot,” said Malala.
Meanwhile, Mudavadi has urged Kenyans to fight graft and bad governance by thoroughly interrogating candidates before they take up elective seats or are appointed to public positions.
Subjecting leaders to scrutiny before entrusting them with positions, Mudavadi said, is the only way to facilitate effective and prudent management of public affairs.
“Corruption and mismanagement of public funds have compounded the dire situation we are in as a country. We need to come together, unite as Kenyans and work as servants to the people and not their masters,” said Mudavadi.
Speaking ahead of a keynote address at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) during the Corporate Governance and Leadership Conference in Mombasa tomorrow, Mudavadi said it is imperative that more emphasis be given to issues of integrity.
“We need to interrogate thoroughly how people, we either vote for in the political arena or appoint into public positions influence the corporate world and other business set-ups within the wider economic environment,” he said.