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Mudavadi, Ruto coalition unfolds as Kalonzo, Moi, Wanjigi storm out of Bomas congress

By Justus Karanja

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi (pictured above with Ruto) moved closer to inkling a coalition agreement with Deputy President William Ruto after his party’s delegates endorsed him to lead the talks.

The about 6,000 ANC delegates gathered at Bomas of Kenya endorsed Mudavadi to be the presidential candidate besides giving him the mandate to seek coalition partnership with likeminded parties.

When the Amani leader took the floor, he categorically stated that his party would not seek partnership with ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking in the presence of Ruto, the ANC leader boldly stated: “For the avoidance of doubt, Amani will not be seeking partnership with Azimio la Umoja.”

In his address, Mudavadi also rebuked the Uhuru Kenyatta administration, asserting Kenya was broke due to high external and internal borrowing by the government.

He claimed the war against corruption has been weaponized to fight dissent, assuring that he would reverse the trend if elected president.

Quoting heavily from former US President Abraham Lincoln, the Amani leader stated he was the best placed to lead the country, having held key dockets that included serving as Vice President and Minister for Finance.

Amidst applause from the delegates and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) leaders present, including Ruto, Mudavadi tore into Uhuru’s record, accusing his government of serving the interests of the rich.

He released his manifesto which outlines the priority areas if elected president.

Besides Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula, other leaders at the NDC included UDA-affiliated MPs Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Irungu Kang'ata (Murang'a senator), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) and Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town).

Former Kiambu governor William Kabogo was also present.

There was drama when some OKA Principals stormed out of Bomas of Kenya on learning Ruto would be in attendance.

Those who walked out were Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Kanu National Chairman Gideon Moi and businessman Jimi Wanjigi.

They are said to have changed their minds at the last minute following reports that Ruto was heading to the venue.

A source within Kanu, who did not want to be named, said Moi was unhappy because Mudavadi had not informed them that Ruto would be present at the Bomas NDC, even though they have been together in OKA.

According to the source, the first whiff of rumours that Ruto would attend the meeting came after the three OKA leaders converged at Hemmingways from where they were to proceed to Bomas.

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