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Kenya politics> Musalia Mudavadi and Eugene Wamalwa should rally behind Senator Watengula.

Posted by African Press International on May 26, 2013

  • By Goddy Wamalwa, Kenya
Simmering rivalries between the major political players in Western province over who should claim credit for the region political kingpin is set to bury Musalia Muadavadi the son of the former King of Mululu, Moses Substone Mudamba Mudavadi who was prone to political con men and missed the boat in the March 4th General Election once again as he missed in 2002.
Ford-Kenya party considers itself now, by right, to be the primary player in Western and its leaders, more so Bungoma county senator and senate minority leader Moses Wetangula, are keen for that singular recognition, which could put Musalia Mudavadi, the UDF party leader and flip-flopping New Ford Kenya leader Eugene Wamalwa that succumbed to sad political affair in the recent concluded General Election. Former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi who led Amani coalition faced a repeat of the events of 2002 which saw him take a political nosedive after decamping from the then National Alliance Rainbow Coalition to support the KANU.
Since his defection from ODM to UDF, Mudavadi could not even manage to assembly or attract a formidable team of leaders for his presidential bid. Many of his political nemesis believed that his bid was bankrolled by Mt. Kenya forces in government opposed to Raila’s presidential ambition.
The Amani Coalition was also viewed as a true replica of the defunct KADU because it amalgamated from Kenya’s tribes and communities which had a very negative attitudes towards the politics of true nationalism and patriotism.
Also the endorsement by Eugene Wamalwa further solidified the perception that the New Ford Kenya leader had similarly been at centre of the storm in the plot to bolster Mudavadi’s numbers and deny Raila Luhya vote. Many viewed his advancing Jubilee Alliance interests in the Amani coalition for reward terming it as a betrayal to Luhya community.
In a nutshell the people of Bungoma are being cheated and hood winked by Wamalwa into believing that he is the best for the position of Luhya political Kingpin based on his record during campaign period which is really far from the truth and simply because he cannot explain how he can be trusted with the kind of loyal to his luhya community and fundamental change which will enable Western people to cut off from the past for a new beginning.
As mentioned elsewhere in this write-up, apart from the apparent lack of openness accountability and transparency in his Local Government Ministry,Mudavadi handling of issues at the Ministry leave a lot to be desired and cannot be good enough reason to endear him into the position of Luhya spokesman . Luhya fraternity needs change which can be trusted if as a community it must progress competitively with other regions and the best way forward is to avoid doing business as usual .
After it became apparent that he could not sell Uhuru’s bid in Luhyaland, he prefered to support Mudavadi’s bid with dreams that he will contest in 2017 evidently that he could not believe Mudavadi will win the seat but he forfeited his bid to reclaim it as a political payback. The is shame being shared with Mudavadi and Wamalwa has little to show for either one of the pair to be made Luhya political Kingpin. Mudavadi and Wamalwa political weaknesses has now opened up for Moses Wetangula to run the show of region politics.Together, the four counties of, Bungoma, Vihiga, Busia, Kakamega and the neighboring Trans Nzoia, dominantly inhabited by a different communities that speak different dialects of the Luhya language should not pay the price for supporting doomed political leaders.
Wetangula who is now enjoying a strong following in Western Province because of his stand in Ford Kenya, the way he used to be before joining CORD Alliance Raila Odinga project. One can only underestimate his influence in the province at his or her own peril. The truth is that if Western province settles on Wetangula with the fact that his Ford Kenya party having majority seats in the region, many will support him.
Wetangula is viewed as the more likely candidate to address the common issues against the state – skewed employment, insecurity, infrastructure and inequitable allocation of the resources.
ENDS
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