Mudavadi to Team up With Ruto to Oppose Referendum?

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DP William Ruto together with ANC party leader Musali Mudavadi in a past event. Photo/File

The Building Bridges Initiative committee has already finished its nationwide tours to collect public opinions on how to solve long-standing problems facing citizens through a national referendum.

With this in place, it is now expected that once the findings are presented over to President Uhuru and Raila Odinga for approvals, political alignments between those who will support and disapprove the looming referendum will start to form.

William Ruto at Sabatia in Kakamega county. He has called on ANC party leader Musali Mudavadi to join him ahead of 2022 polls. Photo/Courtesy

Already, Deputy President William Ruto together with Amani National Congress party leader Musali Mudavadi have shown their readiness to shut down the proposal if it doesn’t meet certain thresholds.

According to Dr. William Ruto, he will only support a referendum which will ensure that no additional posts are created for the election losers in the name of inclusivity something that has also been reiterated by Musalia Mudavadi.

Musalia who fell out with Raila after the 2017 general elections has maintained that referendum is not a priority for Kenya and that the government should instead seal all corruption loopholes in order to meet developments goals and equal representations.

With Raila Odinga and President Uhuru already showing intentions to unite in a bid to pass the referendum in the spirit of the handshake, William Ruto will have no option other than to unite with Musalia against the same.

These unity pacts that are soon going to be unveiled, according to analysts, will form the basis of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession politics in 2022.

Amani National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Barrack Muluka claimed recently that his party leader Musalia Mudavadi will team up with Deputy President William Ruto, and other leaders to defeat a referendum generated from the BBI.

“ANC will team up with Ruto and any other like-minded politicians to vote against the referendum, which some political observers say might take place in June next year,”  Muluka said during a recent Point Blank Show on KTN Tv.

According to Muluka, Mudavadi and ANC did not make any presentations to the Building Bridges Initiative, therefore, it will go flat out to shoot down any referendum if it is recommended.

“Mudavadi will team up with other opponents to defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga should the BBI lead to a referendum,” Muluka added

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ANC Secretary-General Barrack Muluka

And in receptive tone, William Ruto who was on Saturday at Musalia Mudavadi’s Western backyard of Sabatia constituency, pleaded with Mudavadi to join him in forming a political alliance to push for the presidency in 2022.

It was the first time Ruto was personally seeking out Mudavadi, who has also expressed his displeasure over a looming referendum.

Ruto’s allies led by former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale expressed confidence that should Mr. Mudavadi get on board, then Ruto camp would “wipe out the Odinga remnants” from Western Kenya.

Political analysts opine that the probability of Ruto and Musalia teaming up against Uhuru and Raila is so high owing to the fact that the DP already has a larger following of leaders from Western Kenya.

Deputy President William Ruto with Luhya leaders during an inter-denominational church service, Malava, Kakamega county, November 4, 2018. /DPPS

Among top leaders from the region who are already in Ruto’s camp include; Mumias East MP Ben Washiali, Sirisia MP John Waluke, Senate speaker Ken Lusaka,  Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Justus Murunga (Matungu), Malulu Injendi (Malava), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Benard Shinali (Ikolomani) and Dan Wanyama (Webuye West) among many others.





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