Mudavadi meets Western MPs, vows he must be on ballot

April 17, 2012 7:54 am
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Mudavadi emerged to declare that his name would be on the presidential ballot in the next general elections/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on Tuesday met leaders from Western province at the Southern Sun Hotel in Nairobi’s Westlands suburb.

The agenda of the meeting was said to be the presidency as Mudavadi considers his options following disagreements over the amendments to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) constitution on the party’s flag-bearer.

Mudavadi emerged to declare that his name would be on the presidential ballot in the next general elections.

Among those present were ministers Noah Wekesa, Moses Wetangula, Soita Shitanda, Wycliffe Oparanya, together with Assistant Ministers George Khaniri and Sylvester Wakoli.

About 10 MPs were also at the meeting including Kimilili’s Eseli Simiyu, Boni Khalwale of Ikolomani and Yusuf Chanzu of Vihiga.

Last week Mudavadi said that he was considering probable steps after his ODM party applied for full registration without amending a contentious clause that automatically grants party leader Raila Odinga the presidential ticket.

On Monday Mudavadi met with fellow presidential hopeful Peter Kenneth, former Pentagon colleague Najib Balala and one-time Trade Minister Mukhisa Kituyi as speculation grew over his departure from ODM.

Last Friday, Odinga through his Presidential Secretariat Communications Director Barrack Muluka said he was not interested in blocking Mudavadi from running for the country’s top seat.

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