Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi is on a mission to charm his way into the hearts of the Mount Kenya Region and the Maa community.
Mudavadi who has declared his interest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta is being seen as the most formidable candidate under the One Kenya Alliance which brings together Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya).
And with his recent tours of Kilgoris in Narok County and Kieni in Nyeri County, Mudavadi seems to have set the pace to become the One Kenya Alliance flagbearer for the August 2022 poll contest.
Kilgoris and Kieni leaders challenged Mudavadi to front himself as the man to beat in the Presidential race.
Mudavadi’s Kilgoris tour came at a time when his critics had continuously deemed him as a leader who enjoys only the support of his community back in Western Kenya, but his proponents say that notion is now water under the bridge.
While in Kilgoris, the area leaders told Mudavadi that they are positioning themselves as a people who will have a serious influence in the 2022 Political Matrix.
The Kilgoris meeting was staged at the former Internal Security Minister in the late President Daniel Arap Moi’s regime, Julius Sunkuli.
The Maa elders tasked Mudavadi to make sure that he convinces the other principals in the emerging One Kenya Alliance to support his bid as the flag bearer of the new political formation citing him as the best bet amongst equals.
“The Maasai people are trustworthy. They tell you what is in their hearts. If you listen to them keenly, they will appreciate it. What they need is a leader who will address the challenges that they have. They have seen a leader in Musalia Mudavadi. Don’t let them down,” said former NHIF Chief Executive Officer.
Simon Ole Kirgotty.
Kirgotty’s sentiments were echoed by Ole Sunkuli, adding that the Maa community seeks to have that leader who will have their interests at heart.
“What we want is to be recognized and have a leader who will have the Interests of the Maasai People at hand. Musalia Mudavadi is such a leader and we welcome him to seek the support of the Maasais,” said Ole Sunkuli.
“I have worked with the Maasai people for Long. The Late Mzee William Ole Ntimama was my mentor when I joined cabinet. I have come to seek for your support with utmost humility,” said Mudavadi.
He went on: “The Maa Community will be party to my Agenda of resuscitating the economy so that it can work for all Kenyans. We need to work together as Kenyans for us to prosper.”
The Central Kenya leaders challenged Mudavadi to reach out to the Mt Kenya people bosting of having the numbers that will change the 2022 political matrix, placing them as one of the regions that should be carefully galvanized by any politician who wants the Presidency of this country.
The leaders present welcomed Mudavadi’s quest to run for the top seat and urged him to work closely with the Mt Kenya leaders for him to realize his dream.
The ceremony which was attended by among others Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga and Cabinet Secretaries the region Mutahi Kagwe (Health), Joe Mucheru (ICT) and Peter Munya (Agriculture).
“Mudavadi, take this early opportunity and negotiate with us. You have an opportunity to negotiate with us, we have a huge following and the votes. We want proper structured negotiations. We want to tell you frankly that we are very open and you need to look at whom you talk to on behalf of our people,” said
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe charged that Mudavadi has a good track record who should be given an opportunity to sell his policies and agenda towards the region if he is to gain support.
“Musalia Mudavadi is our good friend. We welcome him to Nyeri and the larger Central Kenya. We know his track record and we are inviting him again and again. Let him sell his policies and the people will decide,” said Kagwe.
Mudavadi’s opponent Deputy President William Ruto has been making inroads in the vote rich Mount Kenya region since the falling out with President Kenyatta in the affairs of the Jubilee party and the government.
“Musalia Mudavadi is a gentle man. He found time to come and talk to us. It was not by notice but he made it. We are looking forward to having such leaders,” said Kieni MP Kanini Kega.
Mudavadi vied for the Presidency in 2013 being his first shot on the top seat, a race he finished a distant third after President Kenyatta got more than six million votes followed by opposition chief Raila Odinga with more than 5.3million votes.
Pundits argue that Mudavadi rescued Kenya when the economic turmoil hit the country in the 1990s and his prowess in matters economic recovery places him at a better place to fix the country’s economy.
“His vast experience and expertise having served as the Minister for Finance and Local Government gives him an edge over other leaders who have shown interest in the top job,” said a source who sought an anonymity.
In Nyeri, Mudavadi was hosted by Kega during a ceremony to celebrate the initiation into adulthood of Kega’s son.
“The people of Mt Kenya are hardworking people. They are the greatest contributors to our Gross Domestic Product. The economy of this Country is ailing and I know that the people of Mt Kenya are feeling the pinch. I need your support we work out to get a solution for tea farmers, coffee farmers and business people from this region,” Mudavadi told Mt Kenya leaders in Kieni.
Sources also revealed that on the evening before the function, an-depth deliberations were made with leaders caucusing to chat a way forward in the spirit of engaging the Mudavadi further in order to cement his touch with the Mt Kenya region people.