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Mudavadi leaving ODM, says Khalwale


KAKAMEGA

Monday, April 15, 2012          By Chris Mahandara.
New Ford Kenya Director of Elections Dr. Boni Khalwale has confirmed
that Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi is ditching Orange
Democratic Movement (ODM) for the party ahead of the general
elections.
Dr. Khalwale who is MP for Ikolomani said Mudavadi was now in the same
camp with him after Prime Minister Raila Odinga employed theatrics to
deny him a chance to seek presidency through ODM.
The MP who, ten months ago fiercely battled it out with ODM during
campaigns for the Ikolomani by elections said Mudavadi who declared
his interest in the top seat was now working closely with New Ford
Kenya.
“If Raila failed to defeat me at the by election last year, I want to
assure him that I have now teamed up with his deputy and we are going
to defeat him,” said the MP.
Speaking during a funeral at Shiamusinjili in Ikolomani constituency,
Dr. Khalwale said Raila who claims to be a democrat had failed by
using unorthodox ways to block Mudavadi from seeking the party’s
nomination to run for presidency.
“If it is true that the prime Minister is the favorite candidate as
indicated in the opinion polls why does he fear Mudavadi?, questioned
the MP.
The legislator lashed out at Kisumu town MP Shakir Shabir over his
remarks that the DPM was an adopted child in ODM saying it was a clear
indicator that Raila and his cronies undermine Mudavadi.
He however said Mudavadi like any other party member has the
constitutional right to vie for presidency through the orange party.
He added that for many years, leaders from the Luhya community have
been viewed as a stepping stone to power urging Mudavadi to stand his
ground to realize his presidential ambitions.
The MP further took issue with the government over the increased fuel
prices adding that he will put the energy minister to task to regulate
the prices which are bound to increase the cost of living.
He added that he will table before parliament a bill to determine the
qualifications of councilors to ensure that grassroots leaders who
have the interests of the electorate at hears are not locked out.
“To say that councilors must have a form four certificate and
additional qualifications is outrageous because basically they
represent interests of the common man and they don’t need to have all
those qualifications,” said the MP.