21 December 2012

Kenya: We Hold No Grudge, Says Mudavadi

Nairobi — Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has urged his supporters to remain firm in the united Democratic Forum (UDF) despite his exit from the Jubilee Alliance.

Mudavadi who exited the coalition on Friday said he regretted that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta could not keep his promise to support his presidential bid, for the unity of the country.

"My friend came to me saying we must unite the country and remove stereotypes and suspicions among our people. I have always stood for peace, unity and against ethnic divisions and so I agreed it was time Kenya forged ahead under a jubilee generation," he said narrating the events of December 4 that lead to the formation of the Jubilee Alliance.

Speaking at Ruringu Stadium, Mudavadi said although he was disappointed that is friend Kenyatta could not keep to their agreement that would unite the country, he still valued the support of the people from Central Kenya.

"I hold no hard feelings against my friend Uhuru, but leadership is about the ability to keep to our promises to each other and to the Kenyans," he added.

"You have consistently told me we should unite with Uhuru. We tried and I did not break the promise. I have my regrets but I know with your support we shall still win together because we want this country united," said the Sabatia MP.

He said the differences in the Jubilee Alliance were among leaders and should not be used to divide communities.

"Do not be led into animosity. We only have only one country... Kenya. You never know what might happen ahead. Ya mungu ni mengi (God has many plans)," he said.

Mudavadi appealed to Kenyans to stand firm, observe their leaders and make their decision during elections.

"It is time to judge leaders on their maturity, honesty and actions in politics," he said.

The DPM heads for the Rift Valley and Western regions to sell his UDF ticket this weekend with rallies at Turbo in Uasin Gishu County on Saturday at and Matete in Kakamega County.

On Sunday, Mudavadi will address a rally at Nabongo Grounds in Mumias after a tour of Kwisero, Butere and Matungu constituencies.

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