Details about the Mudavadi-Moi meeting today that is causing jitters as 2022 politics heats up
Meeting comes barely a month after some ODM MPs endorsed Moi-Raila ticket
The two leaders will be by hosted by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala barely a month after a section of ODM leaders endorsed a joint ticket beween Moi and Raila Odinga.
Tiaty MP William Kamket hailed the visits by Moi across the country, stating that “A president must be welcome all over the country and not in his backyard only. I am sure Kenyans and especially Rift Valley is watching Gideon’s reception wherever he visits. It is electrifying because of his amiable personality. That is what this country needs”.
“Kenyans will see more of Gideon moving around to undertake development issues. He does not play politics of populism like some we know. He is calculating and sure of his moves yet remaining humble," he added.
Today’s public meeting at the Kakamega fund raiser could be an opportunity for Moi and Mudavadi to test waters and see what the response would be like form their supporters before going hunting for votes together.
Reviving KANU ahead of Gideon Moi's candidature
Analysts opine that with DP Ruto being the common competitor in the 2022 succession politics, Moi could team up with Mudavadi and other influential politicians with whom he may have had a series of meetings before deciding to go public.
Close allies to the KANU party leader divulged that the tours across the nation are meant to boost the public goodwill that Moi enjoys across the country and consolidate his support before he declares his interest in the 2022, competing with DP Ruto.
“Kanu has a stake in the handshake and 2022. Our chairman is going to the people and not to politic but to listen to them and offer solutions which include advising the President on their needs where in some cases they are suppressed,” KANU Secretary General Nick Salat said.
“The cock is crowing and it will be crowing more. Kenyans better listen to the independence party as it re-activates its networks in mashinani all over the country,” he added.
Today’s visit is believed to have been hatched in October when Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa held talks with former President Moi at his Kabarak home with speculation of a strategy to set the stage for Gideon to makes public his presidential ambition.
DP Ruto under siege from Rift ValleyJubilee MPs
DP Ruto’s allies are keenly watching the developments in the wake of an onslaught by his once trusted ally Joshua Kuttuny, Alfred Keter and Silas Tiren.
The fallout was orchestrated by the maize scandal which has seen the MPs accuse DP Ruto of working with the cartels to frustrate maize farmers into abandoning the crop.
They further claim that the DP is keen on seeing maize production drop significantly, giving him an opposrtunity to import maize from Congo Brazzaville.
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