, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has maintained that the United Democratic Forum (UDF) Party will only form an alliance with other parties based on convergence of policy.
The deputy premier pointed out that UDF is in talks with other parties on possible alliances but will not rush into a political coalition ahead of the general elections out of panic.
“On coalition making, yes we are talking to other parties. But do not panic if you see leaders pose for a photo after meeting and I am not there. Coalition building is a process and not a single day photo event,” he said.
“If you want me pose for a photo whenever I meet other leaders for talks, we will do it so many times that some of the photos will become embarrassing at the end. In UDF we will discuss with other parties to a level of irreducible minimum based on our manifesto.”
Speaking during a Western province professional and business community cocktail dinner at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairobi, Mudavadi said the party is among the top four ranked in membership registration indicating its strength in the coming political contest.
“We are not a party of a region and do not seek that identity. We are spread throughout the country within the short time we have existed.
Those who want to ignore us can only do so at their own peril,” he said.
The meeting is the first of series of talks aimed at establishing structures national wide to contribute towards Mudavadi’s win in the coming general elections.
The dinner was attended by over 500 professionals and business people who support Mudavadi’s bid for the presidency.
The presidential aspirant told the gathering that his decision to join UDF was made after consultation and consensus among leaders from the Western region contrary to some misguided speculation.
“I joined UDF party after consultation with political leaders from the region. Both the leadership of FORD Kenya and New FORD Kenya were in agreement that I join a political vehicle that has national appeal and not regional attachments,” he said.
The DPM noted his supporters should remain focused not to be distracted by happenings on the political scene such as defections and alliance building meetings saying this is a season of mass movement of Politicians across the political divide.
“It is the political Mara migration for most us. Some will hesitate and be consumed by the crocodiles laying in wait,” he said.
Mudavadi said years of experience in politics have taught him that you do not turn back half way through a journey.
He appealed to professionals to help politicians focus on issues and principles that would help the country.
“Do not be distracted to look back with nostalgia least you lose focus on the distance ahead. Stay focused and we will win together to help Kenyans,” he urged.