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Stop copying me, Mutua tells Mudavadi

By Evans Maritim
Thursday, September 24th, 2020
In summary

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has accused Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi of copying his ideas and style.

I a long thread on Twitter, Mutua said: "In the last one year, my supporters and I have noticed that every time I go public with an idea, a concept and even part of my manifesto, a few days or weeks later, Hon. @MusaliaMudavadi, comes out and says the same things or attempts to replicate what I have done.

"This has been going on for long enough. It has reached such high levels that when I strategize with my team, we joke that we have to be hush hush or Mudavadi and other leaders will copy us.

"A few weeks ago, during my speech as I announced my 2022 candidature, I said that I was a “Safe Pair of Hands” with both national and county experience and that I was a neutral and balanced leader - what Kenyans need.

"A few days later, Hon. Musalia Musavadi copied me and declared he was a “safe pair of hands” for similar reasons as mine.

"I have been addressing the youth in their street lingo “Sheng” and have videos in Sheng about shunning tribalism and also recently, calling on them not be spectators in the political arena.

"Now again, Hon. Mudavadi, has copied me and released a video targeting the youth where he struggles to speak in Sheng to them.

"My ideas have been taken by others as if they are theirs - from the concept of lifestyle audits to discussing the cleaning of corruption money using churches. My ideas of transforming Kenya have been repeated by others as their original ideas.

"Kenya needs creative and innovative leaders who have thought through how to transform Kenya and not copy artists. When you copy, it means you have run out of your own ideas. I respect Hon. Mudavadi as a leader and person and can even say he is more decent compared to many others."

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