By EMEKA-MAYAKA GEKARA
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Amani Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi could be
headed back to government as the Jubilee Alliance
intensifies a campaign to broaden its support base to
regions that did not vote for it in the last General
Election.
Jubilee leaders are said to have identified Eastern,
Coast and Western regions as areas that need
particular attention as it consolidates its power.
Mr Mudavadi, a deputy prime minister in the Grand
Coalition Government, parted ways with President
Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto
after a short-lived power deal ahead of the March 4
election whose failure was attributed to unidentified
“dark forces”.
However, Mr Mudavadi led his party to sign a post-
election co-operation agreement with the Jubilee
government, which saw its members appointed to
key parliamentary committees.
One of the United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders,
Mumias MP Ben Washiali, is the Majority Deputy
Chief Whip.
The UDF leader played host to President Kenyatta
during his tour of Mumias last weekend, where Luhya
politicians asked the Head of State to share “the cow
he had slaughtered with his brother (Musalia).”The
former deputy premier also expressed his willingness
to work with the Jubilee leadership.
“Politics is over. People must work and develop. We
can’t achieve any meaningful development if we
cannot unite and work together,” he said.
Mr Washiali yesterday said he was aware of efforts to
accommodate Mr Mudavadi in government, adding
that his appointment will help appease the Luhya
community, which strongly feels that the Jubilee
leadership had given it a raw deal in public
appointments.
“A Mudavadi appointment will help Uhuru to balance
the allocation of seats across the country especially
in western, which got only one Cabinet post,” he
said.
Though President Kenyatta appointed Bungoma-born
Judy Wakhungu as Environment Cabinet Secretary,
she is yet to be embraced in the region where she is
seen as politically detached.
A political adviser to Mr Mudavadi who requested
anonymity because he is not authorised to speak on
the matter told the Sunday Nation that they were
expecting the announcement “any time”.
Yet another source suggested that some political
quarters were uncomfortable with the impending
move. Majority Leader Aden Duale said the Jubilee
government had launched a programme to unite the
country by reaching out to the three regions which
voted for Cord in the March polls.
“Mr Mudavadi is a key leader and his appointment
will help bring Western Province on board,” he
said.Mr Duale indicated that the Jubilee-UDF co-
operation had worked well in Parliament and there
was a desire to extend it to the Executive.
According to the Majority Leader, Mr Mudavadi’s
appointment will inject experience into the Uhuru
Cabinet.
“He is a seasoned public servant who has served as
vice-president, deputy prime minister and headed
the ministries of Local Government and Finance,
among others. Whatever ministry he will be given he
will perform due to his vast experience,” he said in
an interview with the Sunday Nation.
However, he warned that the appointment would
come with conditions. The former deputy PM would
have to quit politics because the Constitution
demands that Cabinet Secretaries should not engage
in political activities, including the leadership of
parties.
HAVE IMPLICATIONS
“It will end his political career and have implications
on his 2017 presidential ambitions,” said Mr Duale.
Mr Mudavadi is yet to declare his position on the
matter and efforts to contact him yesterday did not
succeed.Before the March polls, Mr Mudavadi
accused Mr Kenyatta of reneging on a deal to support
him for the presidency.
Responding to calls by Western leaders for him to
share goodies with UDF leaders since it was a partner
in the Jubilee government, President Kenyatta said
the “cow” belongs to all Kenyans.
“There is something mheshimiwa (Mumias West MP
Johnson Naika) said and I want to correct him. He
said I have slaughtered a cow and I should ensure I
have shared a piece with my brother. I wish to correct
him by saying there is no Uhuru’s cow. The cow is for
all Kenyans, 40 million of us. There is no cow for an
individual.
“We need to ensure that the government provides
services to all Kenyans irrespective of race, religion,
tribe or gender,” he said.
Former Vice-President Moody Awori and New Ford
Kenya leader Eugene Wamalwa attended the church
meeting. During the last polls, Mr Mudavadi did not
command full support of his western Kenya backyard
with a majority of residents voting for Cord leader
Raila Odinga.
Moreover, he has struggled to address divisions in
his party arising from the forthcoming by-elections in
Bungoma and Lamu in which his party is expected to
play a significant role.
The Jubilee coalition is rallying forces behind former
Cabinet minister Musikari Kombo to grab the
Bungoma senate seat from Cord principal Moses
Wetang’ula, who has been the Senate Minority
Leader.Victory for Mr Kombo would be a major victory
for the Jubilee coalition.
Mr Duale hinted that the Mudavadi appointment
could help Jubilee in the by-elections, especially in
Bungoma.
Mr Mudavadi yesterday spent the day campaigning
for Mr Kombo in Bungoma where he reacted angrily
to a declaration by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale
that the party had reached a deal to back Mr
Wetang’ula.
The UDF is also fighting to retain its governor’s seat
in Lamu that was lost through an election petition.
Significantly, President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto enjoy a
long political relationship with Mr Mudavadi dating to
their days in Kanu.It can be remembered that Mr
Mudavadi was Uhuru’s running mate in the 2002
elections which saw him lose his Sabatia
parliamentary seat. Mr Ruto was their chief
campaigner.
Mr Mudavadi and Mr Ruto would later regroup in the
Orange Democratic Movement where they were both
deputy party leaders before taking different routes
for the March election.

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