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Amani demands deputy slot in Kenya Kwanza

Amani demands deputy slot in Kenya Kwanza

By Justus Karanja

Trouble is brewing in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance after Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala stated Amani National Congress (ANC) will not settle for anything less than the Deputy President’s position in the outfit.

The Kenya Kwanza Alliance brings together Amani led by Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya headed by Moses Wetang’ula and Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democragic Alliance (UDA).

Speaking in Malava, Kakamega, Malala said just because Mt Kenya has more voters than western does not necessarily mean the Deputy’s position is set aside for them.

“This is a coalition of parties, this isn’t a coalition of regions, as party we are saying if UDA gets the Presidential position, ANC must get the Deputy President’s position,” he said.

Malala said since Ruto is the Alliance flag-bearer, Mudavadi should be his automatic deputy given his experience in Government.

“Ruto was interviewed by his party UDA before being endorsed. We demand that similar interviews are conducted for the position of Deputy President, We subject Musalia and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and see who understand the economy better than the other,” he said.

Malala drummed up support for Mudavadi saying he has served as Finance Minister, as Vice President and no one is better suited for the position than him.

The Senator who is also seeking to succeed Wycliffe Oparanya as the next Governor of Kakamega said he will complete all pending projects and enhance equality among the residents.

He said he will award contracts to the youth and women groups to empower them financially.

“As Governor Kakamega County, I will set aside money in the budget, under the Religious Development Funds Act for the development of churches, mosques and temples same way CDF does for schools in our country,” he said.

Last month, sibling rivalry emanated between parties within the Kenya Kwanza Alliance following sentiments by Gachagua that Ruto will pick his running mate from Central region.

“But as far as I’m concerned Ruto is a presidential candidate and the running mate will come from the mountain at an appropriate time,”Gachagua said during an interview with a local TV station.

But Amani Secretary General Simon Gakuru (pictured) faulted Gachagua’s sentiments describing  them as premature as he has no authority to speak on behalf of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance political vehicle.

“Kenya Kwanza Coalition has not decided on its presidential and running mate candidates. This will happen and be unveiled at an appropriate time by our principals - Mudavadi and Wetangula -,”he said.

Gakuru confirmed that the presidential flag-bearer and running mate post was still up for grabs for either ANC or Ford Kenya as no deal has been arrived yet by any political party or community.

“It’s therefore our considered opinion that Hon Rigathi Gachagua should transition from regional UDA mindset to embrace the broader picture of Kenya Kwanza philosophy,” he said.

The Mathira MP who is termed as one of the frontrunners running mate for Ruto in the mountain spilled the beans by stating that Mudavadi and Wetang’ula who are part of Kenya Kwanza Alliance were already aware that the running mate post was not a slot for them.

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