May 20, 2018

MP: Mudavadi needs Raila for his own political survival

A nominated Member of Parliament (MP) has asked ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi to join Opposition leader Raila Odinga to remain relevant politically ahead of the 2022 General Election.

Godfrey Osotsi, who is also the Amani National Congress (ANC) Secretary General, said Musalia Mudavadi must iron out differences with Raila to remain relevant.

“The same case will replay in 2022 with Odinga being the driving force of one of the formations. The third force is highly untenable if the experiences of the last three election cycles were reviewed,” said Osotsi on Saturday (21/4/18).

According to The Standard, Raila was still very popular in Luhya land and the situation is unlikely to change drastically in favour of Mudavadi.

He said that Mudavadi’s political profile had always been enhanced every time he worked with Raila.

The ANC Secretary General said that together with Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, his Vihiga counterpart George Khaniri and other youthful leaders were willing and ready to fully support Mudavadi in his political agenda if he provides clear political direction that will ensure their community is not left in political oblivion in 2022.

Osotsi pointed out that he did not have any personal differences with his party leader, Mudavadi.

“I only have divergent opinion on matters of political strategy and fidelity to the law as enshrined in ANC Party constitution, political parties Act and Constitution of Kenya. I will not support any aimless and self destructive political adventures ¬†that have retarded our political gains since the foundation of the party in 2015,” said Osotsi.

He lashed out at politicians pushing for a proposed merger of ANC and Ford Kenya, saying it is not a solution to “luhya political unity problem” and built on quick sand.

“Luhya unity is a political myth created by selfish politicians for political preservation. 2002 election scenario confirmed that the community can vote in one basket if they get an inspiring leader who provides hope and promotes inclusivity,” said Osotsi who was accompanied by a number of party Members of the County Assembly from Nairobi county.

Osotsi was last week reinstated as the party Secretary General by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal (PPDT).

ANC on Thursday said it will appeal the reinstatement of Osotsi.

The party said PPDT relied on “manufactured hearsay” in making the decision.

Earlier on Thursday, the tribunal ruled that the party’s decision to appoint Barrack Muluka was irregular, null and void.

It also ruled that Osotsi was forced to resign and that he will hold the position until lawful elections are held to replace him.

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