Political analyst and University of Nairobi (UoN) don, Herman Manyora, has opined that Deputy President William Ruto and Amani National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi, cannot work together.
In an interview that was published on his YouTube page on Thursday, January 6, 2022, Manyora explained that Mudavadi would be a liability to the DP because naming him as his running mate would mean losing the crucial Kikuyu vote.
He went on to add that if Mudavadi got into an agreement with Ruto, he would be seen as a spoiler who was out to scuttle Raila Odinga’s stab at the presidency.
“Mudavadi will be seen to be a spoiler. Furthermore, there is no pact as to what position he will get. Working with UDA will also send panic in the Ruto camp,” Manyora noted.
Further, the political analyst observed that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies would sell the narrative that Ruto cannot be trusted because of working with Mudavadi.
“It’s not as easy as people think. Some people are looking at this in a very simplistic way, that if Mudavadi goes to UDA, he will carry the Western vote.
“But I am telling you that he will be perceived as a spoiler and it will also affect Ruto’s Mount Kenya’s vote since they are expecting one of their own to be named as his (Ruto’s) running mate,” he added.
Manyora noted that although Mudavadi was the undisputed king of the Western region, he had neither exploited the position nor occupied it.
For this reason, according to the political analyst, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) deputy party leader, Wycliffe Oparanya, commands more respect in the region than Mudavadi.
On December 15, 2021, Deputy President William Ruto sent out an invitation to Mudavadi.
Speaking during a tour of Western Region, the DP and his brigade argued that Mudavadi was better placed to collaborate with him.
He also claimed that Mudavadi had been taken through a rigorous interview exercise by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s team but did not receive results about his performance.
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