By Amunga Peter.
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi commences his tour of Nakuru county on Saturday, 3rd July 2021 in readiness for next year’s general election. Most of the meetings Mudavadi will have in Nakuru this weekend are in private, in church and with opinion shapers due to the prevailing Covid 19 protocols in Kenya currently.
Mudavadi on Saturday will meet leaders and business personalities from the Nakuru region at a private function organized by the governor Lee Kinyajui, and MP for Nakuru Town West Samuel Arama. Musalia is seen as having launched a charm offensive to win over the Mt. Kenya and Rift valley region, which, according to IEBC figures, had about 10 million registered voters during the 2017 general election. Of this, Central had 2.9 million, while Nakuru and Mt Kenya East and the Gema counties accounted for the rest.
Mudavadi has always insisted that it is important for Kenyans to understand that they have issues that unite them in their diversity. Musalia is seeking the mandate of Kenyans to occupy the presidency through a democratic process. Kenya needs to have one vision despite having 47 counties. He believes that this is the only way to rid it of its corrosive ethnic politics.
“We will continue with this conversation because we think he is a leader worth his salt. We think, as a region, we should consider him among other leaders,” said Geoffrey Kanoti an operations leader at the Musalaia Mudavadi center.
Mudavadi is one of the four principals of the One Kenya Alliance that was formed in March. The others are Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi.
Sen. Sakaja a close ally of Mudavadi says that the main objective of the alliance is to have a secure country that is well-governed and provides jobs for its citizenry.
“As leaders, we have a responsibility to demonstrate that there is hope in positive politics. We must have commonality on matters of the economy, healthcare, education and other national issues,” Sakaja adds.
Mudavadi who has been meeting leaders from Central region says he is visiting Mt. Kenya region and Nakuru because he wants to broaden the space and have more people working towards a better Kenya. He wants to understand what he can do for the Mount kenya and Rift valley people when he forms govt next year.
Mudavadi will meet leaders in Nakuru not as an individual or on behalf of the Luhya community, but as a Kenyan leader who wants to understand how to uplift the lives of the citizenry of this nation.
Prof Anangwe a close friend of Mudavadi says that Musalia should not be seen as a luhyia but as a nationalist. Nevertheless Luhyas vote for the candidates they believe in regardless of ethnic background. This should be seen as a positive thing that people can vote for substance and the vision presented by a leader, Anangwe adds.
“That is the common vision we are talking about—that we do not have to have many visions because we are diverse. Provided the vision is right, that is what Kenyans should vote for,” he said.
The ANC boss and his party are keen on marketing Nakuru region as a county of opportunity for all Kenyans that will help free Kenyans from the chains of impoverishment.
Nakuru people are business people who depend on a good economy and Mudavadi is the leader who can change the fortunes of the people of Nakuru County. Mudavai is the president that will turn round the lives of people in Nakuru and kunya at large.