Discontent is growing in ANC party of Musalia Mudavadi with claims that politicians have taken the party for a ride. This is following claims by a section of leaders led by Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala that they are uncertain whether Mudavadi’s close ties with Uhuru Kenyatta and his One Kenya Alliance counterparts Kalonzo Musyoka and Gideon Moi is genuine. It has also become a matter of great concern among political observers that of late, Ford-K’s Moses Wetangula has gone silent as word has it he is working on his next move in Uhuru succession.
A shrewd schemer since he was first nominated to parliament during the late president Daniel Arap Moi era, Wetangula understands the dynamics of Kenya politics well and eyes are on him. Fear is Mudavadi’s dalliance with certain faces could be his undoing. The ANC leader has met several politicians across the political divide in what has made his allies jittery. They include Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru. He was among prominent personalities who attended William Ruto daughter June’s wedding and he was recently ignored at the Madaraka Day celebrations in Kisumu by Uhuru, ODM leader Raila Odinga and DP Ruto.
Last week, Malala claimed a series of events happening in the country paint a grim picture of whether Uhuru values the Western region and that it is time for the ANC party to reconsider its position in the Uhuru-led government. It is in that context that the senator questioned if the ANC party should keep rallying behind the president or forge an alternative path ahead of 2022. The senator also lamented over failure by the president to recognise the ANC leader during the Madaraka Day celebrations. “I recently talked to fellow ANC leaders and told them we must now take on issues head on. Tell me who in Uhuru’s government comes from the Western region?” he posed.
He says the people of Western region are running out of patience and would wish to know what awaits them in their ties with the president. A section of ANC members in the country had wanted Mudavadi to lead the One Kenya Movement Alliance terming him as an experienced politician who can take over from Uhuru. Murang’a ANC led by Simon Gikuru recently termed Mudavadi as a humble and peaceful leader who can unite all communities in the country noting that the country currently is experiencing many divisions occasioned by ethnicity and bad politics saying the problem can be solved by electing a leader who is able to unite the country. However, they have now been left guessing on the next move Mudavadi is about to make since he continues to send mixed signals in a party that currently does not have national party officials.
At its inception 2015, the party had Kelvin Lunani chairperson, Margaret Ndanyi – executive director, Salim Busaidy – chairperson, elections board, Beatrice Adagala – chairperson, ANC women’s league, Omulo Junior – chair, ANC youth league, Nathaniel Mong’are – youth league spokesperson, Moses Oburu – representative, PwD league, Harriette Chigai -chairperson, internal disputes resolution committee and Abdi Yare, chairperson disciplinary committee. Internal wrangles are far from over although Senator Malala, Lugari MP Ayub Savula – who is the party deputy leader, Lurambi MP Titus Khamala among a few party politicians still insist all is well as the party continues to drain brains to UDA, a party that is associated with DP William Ruto.
Eliud Owalo, a man who is calling the shots at UDA headquarters, resigned on August 14 2020 as a party member. “Subsequent to the same, I’ve done the little I can within my means as an ordinary member of the party both in efforts to enhance the support base of the party as well as strategically positioning Musalia Mudavadi 2022 as a viable and feasible venture. Informed by the dictates of professionalism, I let the same to lie strictly within the knowledge confines of Hon Mudavadi and myself,” read part of the resignation letter. The letter was addressed to Mudavadi and copied to the registrar of political parties. Owalo and Barrack Muluka resigned from the party almost at the same time. Mudavadi was buoyed by a lot of opinion in January that connected Uhuru’s remarks at Mama Hannah Mudavadi’s burial at Mululu, Vihiga county to an endorsement for Musalia’s 2022 run.
Mudavadi has denied he has the endorsement of Uhuru to be his successor in 2022 saying to get the endorsement of a sitting president comes with its baggage including being seen as being imposed on the will of the voters. Mudavadi’s allies such as Savula have also been popularising this theory but their party leader says the next Kenyan president will come from the will of the voters and not endorsements but he supports remarks that other Kenyan communities other than Kikuyu and Kalenjin should be given an opportunity to produce the president. But the President also surprised many observers and politicians, and disappointed some, when he declared his handshake with Raila is a long-term arrangement that will “go into the future”.