Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has hinted as to who will be his running mate in the quest to become president in the 2022 general election
Mudavadi during an interview on Inooro FM on Tuesday September 7, revealed that his running mate would likely come from Central Kenya.
He said his choice was due to what he termed as the region’s heavy political muscle.
He attributed his choice for the region, because it had produced three Heads of State so far, namely; President Uhuru Kenyatta, his predecessor Mwai Kibaki, and the nation’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Show host Jeff Kuria asked whether Mudavadi was looking for a possible second-in-command from Mt. Kenya.
Mudavadi responded: “Eeh, inawezekana. Kwa sababu watu wa mlima Kenya wana umaarufu wa kisiasa katika Kenya.”
“Tumepata viongozi watatu ambao ni wazaliwa wa mlima Kenya ambao wamewai kuongoza taifa letu. Na hawa ni watu ambao wanapenda biashara na mambo ya uchumi…kwa hivo labda inaweza fanyika.”
The ANC party leader also claimed that, the Mt. Kenya region may not field a presidential candidate in 2022, as no ‘strong’ candidate had come out.
Mudavadi said a choice of his deputy from the region would ensure inclusion.
He however further stated that the One Kenya Alliance has not settled on their presidential flagbearer as of yet, adding that negotiations are still ongoing.
“Kuna majadiliano yanaendelea na yatazidi kuendelea, kwa sababu kuna kamati ambayo tumeunda ambayo inaangalia process kama tunakubaliana kwa sera ambazo tunataka tuweke kwa mstari wa mbele. Kwa sababu hatutaki tu kusema kwamba kuna muungano na agenda haijajulikana wazi,” he said.
“Majadiliano ambayo yako kwenye One Kenya Alliance, tunataka pia Wakenya wengine wahusike. Kuna vyama vingine ambao wangependa kujua One Kenya inazungumzia nini, tunaweza kufanya kazi nao. Kwa hivo ni lazima tupeane nafasi, na ndio maana tunasema hatuharakishi kufunga mlango na kusema huyu ndio atakuwa candidate.”
For nearly the 7th time in three months, Mudavadi pitched tent in Central Kenya this past weekend when he attended a fundraiser at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Nyandarua County.
The One Kenya Alliance co-principal has visited Nyeri County twice, Murang’a County, Nakuru County and last week he was in Githunguri, Kiambu County, as he faces Mt. Kenya for the critical presidential vote.