Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has hit out at Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi accusing him of copying his campaign ideas and styles.
Dr Mutua, who has declared that he will run for the presidency in 2022, called on leaders to be innovative as they campaign.
"In the last one year, my supporters and I have noticed that every time I go public with an idea, a concept and even part of my manifesto, a few days or weeks later, Hon. Musalia Mudavadi, comes out and says the same things or attempts to replicate what I have done," he said in a statement Wednesday, citing two instances.
"I have been addressing the youth in their street lingo "Sheng" and have videos in Sheng about shunning tribalism and also recently, calling on them not be spectators in the political arena.
"Now again, Hon. Mudavadi, has copied me and released a video targeting the youth where he struggles to speak in Sheng to them," he said.
The Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader called on Mr Mudavadi and other unidentified leaders to be innovative as they campaign.
"Kenya needs creative and innovative leaders who have thought through how to transform Kenya and not copy artists. When you copy, it means you have run out of your own ideas," he said in the statement published on his social media pages.