, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8- Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has told off the Opposition for the continued accusations that he is a Jubilee mole, saying his name will be on the 2017 presidential ballot.
Mudavadi says “that is a tired script from a poor author. CORD should not fear competition. They should try another one.”
His message to the Opposition and the Jubilee Coalition is: “I will not relent. I will continue popularizing and rolling out the part policy systematically the whole of this year. In the previous General Elections, I started rather late but this time I have started in good time.”
For him, besides popularizing the party, he says he is going for the silent majority who are tired of both Jubilee and CORD.
“Kenya is not a colony of two entities; there is fatigue with this polarization with Jubilee and CORD. That’s the space that is important and those are the people who need someone to rally on,” he said during an interview with Mark Masai of NTV.
He said among his plans was to take ANC beyond Western Kenya.
“In the last few weeks, I have traversed very many counties where I have been talking to different people and I will continue doing so. There is however nothing wrong in having a strong voter base for any particular political party,” he said.
Mudavadi observed that the recent political activities in the country could have resulted by the realisation that ANC was taking over.
“There are a lot of heightened activities, for instance Jubilee is on a buying spree in the western Kenya,” he said.
The former Deputy Prime Minister also touched on other issues ranging from education and some laws he termed as retrogressive.
On education, among the reforms he proposed was scrapping of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams saying it was barring many children from pursuing education past primary school level.
On January 4, the Amani National Congress (ANC) ruled out the possibility of joining the Opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) or the proposed Jubilee Party.
ANC Secretary-General Godfrey Osotsi declared that the party had decided to rally support for Mudavadi’s presidential bid because he offers a third alternative based on the country’s interests.
“ANC is independent; we are pursuing our own course for 2015, which is neither Jubilee nor CORD, because we are an alternative leadership. This country is yearning for an alternative leadership away from the two coalitions which have been part of the challenges this country has been facing,” he told a news conference held at the party headquarters.
He dismissed claims by CORD leaders that Mudavadi was working with Jubilee leaders to divide votes in Western Kenya as a tired propaganda ploy.
“I am not in any way affected by the things that they (CORD and Jubilee) are saying. They appear to be perturbed by how fast ANC is gaining popularity not just in Western but in all parts of the country I have visited. They are panicking,” he said.
The Opposition sees Mudavadi as out to divide the electorate in the vote-rich Western Kenya.