Mudavadi move excites interest in central Kenya

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Musalia Mudavadi's move to the United Democratic Forum (UDF) and his entry into the presidential race have created a new twist in Mt Kenya politics.Having been the "unofficial" running mate of Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2002 General Election, Mudavadifs move drew interest from the region with some leaders describing it as wise.And with the pending International Criminal Court case complicating issues for Uhuru, Mudavadi might step in as a compromise candidate to inherit Mt Kenya votes.

The residents of the region keenly followed his announcement Wednesday, which was beamed live on all major television stations.Of interest to the locals is the fact that Uhuru allies such as Jeremiah Kioni, Nderitu Mureithi, Nelson Gaichuhie, and Njoroge Baiya attended the launch at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre."We hope that Mudavadi is going to team up with Uhuru and (William) Ruto to form a formidable group that would win the presidency," said Moses Wachira, a taxi driver.

Wachira said Mudavadifs trait of humility, was a strong selling point for him in the region, which supports Uhuru.Mwea MP Peter Gitau welcomed Mudavadifs announcement saying it had raised the stakes in the race to State House. "He is viewed as efsoberf, and the Mt Kenya people can decide that he is the best bet to succeed President Kibaki," said Gitau.

The MP said in Uhurufs absence, Mudavadi would be easier to sell in the region compared to other presidential aspirants. "If by any chance Uhuru is not going to run, but we still believe he would be on the ballot, then Mudavadi is the better option," said Gitau...Click here

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