, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on Friday declared there was no turning back in his quest to run for presidency in the forthcoming general elections.
The ODM Deputy leader said he had so far traversed 42 out of the 47 Counties in his bid to seek support from all Kenyans to elect him to succeed President Mwai Kibaki.
He said he will continue to aggressively reach out to other leaders to solicit support since the decision to elect the president lies on Kenyans.
“I have traversed 42 Counties and will continue with the push to the end. I have the democratic right to seek presidency like any other contender in Kenya and the decision will be made by Kenyans by voting for the best candidate” he said.
The DPM insisted there was no entitlement to the presidency and aspirants must talk to all Kenyans regardless of their tribes, religion and regions to secure the top job
Mudavadi who spoke in his Sabatia constituency reiterated that tribal politics have no place in Kenya today and he will consult with leaders all over Kenya because he will not be president of a party but the whole country.
“I am consulting with leaders from all over Kenya because I want to be the president of the whole country but not a party,” he said adding he will not be hurried into decisions by his detractors.
“They are pushing me hard to make hasty decisions but I am telling them mambo bado (it’s not yet time), let me talk to Kenyans,” he retorted.
On Thursday 13 MPs from Western Province urged Mudavadi not to quit ODM but instead fight it out with Prime Minister Raila Odinga for the party’s presidential ticket.
The MPs led by Regional Development Authorities Minister Fred Gumo called for dialogue between the Prime Minister and his deputy.
Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya added that Mudavadi should be careful with the push from outsiders motivated by their personal interests with the intention of isolating him and rocking the party.
Mudavadi affirmed that he was not surprised that colleagues who had always requested him to contest the presidency were now asking him to withdraw.
“They were never serious and wanted to use the bait for political mileage. Now they have read the political mood wrongly”, he said.
The DPM has urged Kenyans to conduct peaceful elections devoid of violence. He said politics should be conducted with respect so that aspirants can freely seek across the country.
He was accompanied by former nominated Mp Mark Too popularly known as ‘Bwana Dawa’ who said the Kalenjin community had decided to support Mudavadi for the presidency.
During his tour of the constituency the DPM officially opened a maternity wing at Bugina Health Centre built under Economic Stimulus Programme and local CDF support.