The Star (Nairobi)

8 December 2012

Kenya: Musalia Wrong, Elders Says

The Luhya Council of Elders has criticised Musalia's move to join the Jubilee coalition. The union brings together Uhuru Kenyatta-led TNA, William Ruto's URP and Musalia Mudavadi's UDF.

Speaking to the star on the phone in Kakamega town yesterday, the council spokesperson Lucas Wata said it was "absurd" for Musalia to avoid nominations in ODM, only to go for the same in TNA. "Musalia evaded nominations in ODM, it does not make sense for him now to go and fight presidential nominations in TNA," said Wata.

He said Musalia's move may be a repeat of the 2002 scenario, where every prominent politician joined the Narc coalition, while Musalia stuck with Kanu.

Whereas a section of the council of elders insist that Musalia made the right move and is poised to be the group's flag bearer another group believes he is acting as spoiler.

He noted that Uhuru had already made up his mind to run for presidency and was only duping Musalia to join him in a joint nomination. "We want to tell Musalia that he has no ability to beat Uhuru in the nominations and should forget presidency, "he said

However speaking to the star separately on phone luhya elders Western secretary general Japheth Barua said Musalia was on the right truck because he was going to be the flag bearer of the group.

"let you not be cheated that by anybody that Musalia has lost it, I was in the middle of the talks and I can assure Musalia is going to be flag bearer ,"he said.

Barua further said that those accusing Musalia for working with Uhuru and Ruto are not genuine, didn't we see them people a couple of days ago trying to woo the same people ,"he said

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