Why Mudavadi Chose William Ruto Over Raila Odinga; details emerge

New details have emerged on why ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi chose to partner with William Ruto over Raila Odinga.

For a long time, Deputy President William Ruto and Musalia Mudavadi’s top advisers have been cooped up in offices trying to reach an agreement between the two leaders.

Despite the fact that no details about the deal have been made public, new information has emerged, including fears that opposition leader Raila Odinga had deployed his point men to undermine Mudavadi in his western Kenya backyard, as well as a belief that the position of running mate in the Azimio power matrix had already been secured for a Mt Kenya candidate.

Raila Odinga was using some Luhya leaders to discredit Musalia Mudavadi, according to an inside source who spoke to the people daily newspaper.

“Mudavadi believed Raila was employing some Luhya leaders to continually undermine him,” claimed an ANC-aligned MP from Kakamega County.

“Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli, governors from the Western region led by Kakamega’s Wycliffe Oparanya, and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa are among the leaders.” The source said.

Some prominent people in Mudavadi’s circle, according to other reports, pushed him to contact Ruto.

Senator Johnson Sakaja of Nairobi, who served as a link between the two because of his knowledge with the Deputy President during his time as the National Alliance chairman, is said to have played a key role.

Others were MP John Bunyasi, Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.

Mudavadi is said to have demanded a running-mate position in the alliance, but the Ruto camp warned that if the ANC chief was chosen, they would lose support from Mt Kenya.

According to sources, there was a strong push for Mudavadi to accept the National Treasury docket with a broader responsibility.

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