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Mudavadi defends Ruto against Uhuru attacks

THE STAR 12/3/2021

"\u003Chtml\u003E\n \u003Chead\u003E\u003C\u002Fhead\u003E\n \u003Cbody\u003E\n \u003Cdiv\u003E\n \u003Cdiv\u003E\n \u003Cdiv\u003E\n \u003Ch2\u003EANC party leader castigates Uhuru for his attacks on his deputy in the 2022 race\u003C\u002Fh2\u003E\n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cfigure\u003E\n \u003Cspan class=\"view-HD-pictures-wrap\"\u003E\n \u003Cimg class=\"view-HD-pictures\" data-src=\"https:\u002F\u002Fres.6chcdn.feednews.com\u002Fassets\u002Fv2\u002Fbeef4515eb23b580f6a7f7141638c807?source=nlp&quality=uhq&format=jpeg&resize=720\" alt=\"Vihiga Woman Rep Beatrice Adagala, Lugari MP Ayub Savula and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi take a selfie during the launch of the revamped ANC Digital platforms at ANC headquarters on December 2.\" data-image-width=\"750\" data-image-height=\"488\"\u003E\n \u003Cspan class=\"view-HD-pictures\"\u003EView pictures in App save up to 80% data.\u003C\u002Fspan\u003E\n \u003C\u002Fspan\u003E\n \u003Cfigcaption\u003E\n ANC APP: Vihiga Woman Rep Beatrice Adagala, Lugari MP Ayub Savula and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi take a selfie during the launch of the revamped ANC Digital platforms at ANC headquarters on December 2. Image: MURCY MUMO\"\n \u003C\u002Ffigcaption\u003E\n \u003C\u002Ffigure\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EANC  leader Musalia Mudavadi on Thursday tore into President Uhuru Kenyatta's development legacy and appeared to defend Deputy President William Ruto from repeated attacks by the head of state.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EMudavadi castigated Uhuru for indirectly rallying Kenyans to back the candidature of his handshake partner Raila Odinga, dismissing the President's counsel on the 2022 presidential contest.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EThe move appears to dash any hopes of Musalia-Raila unity that Uhuru has been pushing behind-the-scenes. His point-by-point rebuttal of Uhuru's criticisms of the DP also raised questions of Mudavadi gravitating towards Ruto.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cblockquote\u003E\n People are elected on their intellectual ability, not physical strength. Leadership is the brain, it's not a football match \n \u003C\u002Fblockquote\u003E \n \u003Ccite\u003EPresident Uhuru Kenyatta\u003C\u002Fcite\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EMudavadi took a swipe at Uhuru over his remarks in Nakuru on Wednesday when he warned Kenyan youths to seriously think about the 2022 contest and avoid acting in haste.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“If people are worried that the young people are running fast, then they should realise that young people are tired of us going too slowly,” the ANC party leader said in apparent response to Uhuru.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EThe President had also said the campaigns of discrimination including age were backward and that leaders should be elected on their intellectual ability.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E\"People are elected on their intellectual ability, not physical strength. Leadership is the brain, it's not a football match,\" Uhuru said in apparent defence of Raila, aged 76.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EBut on Thursday, Musalia suggested old people should exit the scene.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“Even me, I am under pressure...the young people in ANC are saying finish quickly and exit,” he stated.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EMusalia reiterated calls for free and fair elections and defended the IEBC's exit from the multiagency task force on elections.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“We want free and fair elections, elections that will reflect the will of Kenyans. We do not want anybody, even at the lowest level, to feel intimidated when making their 2022 choices,” Mudavadi said.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cblockquote\u003E\n Changing the economy of this country is now no longer about a marathon. It's about swift action \n \u003C\u002Fblockquote\u003E \n \u003Ccite\u003EMusalia Mudavdi\u003C\u002Fcite\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EUnlike his partners in the One Kenya Alliance, Musalia has rarely attacked Ruto in his campaigns.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EHowever, the ANC boss and his troops have trained their artillery on Raila.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EIn his address on Wednesday, Uhuru described what it takes to be a leader, noting that rising to the top takes time, in a thinly veiled reference to Ruto. He also alluded to a possible presidential election victory by his handshake partner.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“Leadership is not a sprint, it is a marathon. You will be busy running fast and by the time you are done, you run out of breath but mzee who has been walking slowly by slowly comes and passes you and wins the race. Go slowly,” he said.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EBut Mudavadi defended Ruto saying it does not matter how one runs in a race since the purpose is to win.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“Changing the economy of this country is now no longer about a marathon. It's about swift action.”\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EKakamega Senator Cleophas Malala said Uhuru had betrayed Musalia after standing with him for many years.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“Mudavadi stood with Uhuru, sacrificed and lost his Sabatia  parliamentary seat...Raila Odinga has never supported Uhuru,” he stated. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EMalala said since Musalia started being “independent minded”, a lot of mud has been thrown at him.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cfigure\u003E\n \u003Cspan class=\"view-HD-pictures-wrap\"\u003E\n \u003Cimg class=\"view-HD-pictures\" data-src=\"https:\u002F\u002Fres.6chcdn.feednews.com\u002Fassets\u002Fv2\u002F11d857752243648c28b538f274afcff7?source=nlp&quality=uhq&format=jpeg&resize=720\" alt=\"ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, party SG Simon Gikuru, Lugari MP Ayub Savula and other officials during launch of the revamped ANC Digital platforms and the Youth Charter and training manual for aspirants at ANC headquarters on December 2.\" data-image-width=\"750\" data-image-height=\"450\"\u003E\n \u003Cspan class=\"view-HD-pictures\"\u003EView pictures in App save up to 80% data.\u003C\u002Fspan\u003E\n \u003C\u002Fspan\u003E\n \u003Cfigcaption\u003E\n WELCOME: ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, party SG Simon Gikuru, Lugari MP Ayub Savula and other officials during launch of the revamped ANC Digital platforms and the Youth Charter and training manual for aspirants at ANC headquarters on December 2. Image: MERCY MUMO\n \u003C\u002Ffigcaption\u003E\n \u003C\u002Ffigure\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“We have started seeing certain things in newspapers. Oooh, Musalia is not paying taxes, Anglo Leasing. We want to tell them we shall not be cowed by anything,” Malala said.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EThere are allegations Musalia has been slapped by a heavy tax bill. However, Musalia is yet to speak publicly about it, only talking about leaders being cajoled to make certain political choices.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cblockquote\u003E\n ... one statistic missing from the President's speech is that out of the GDP of Sh11 trillion, about Sh7.5 trillion is public debt \n \u003C\u002Fblockquote\u003E \n \u003Ccite\u003EMusalia Mudavadi\u003C\u002Fcite\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“Do not be intimidated. Let them come with tax arrears or the Anglo Leasing but stand your ground. We will fundraise to clear you KRA bills,” Malala said.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003ESpeaking while launching the party's revamped digital platforms and unveiling of the youth charter at ANC headquarters in Nairobi, Mudavadi further poked holes in Uhuru's State of the Nation Address. It was delivered to a joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“It may be statistically correct that the GDP could have hit Sh11 trillion but one statistic that was missing from the President's speech is that out of the GDP of Sh11 trillion, about Sh7.5 trillion is public debt,” he pointed out. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EMudavadi also asked why the head of state had indicated the economy had performed well yet the cost of living and unemployment are high.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“How do you explain high costs to farmers? There has been good progress in infrastructure development but it is not yet translating to money in our pockets,” he added.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EThe ANC party leader also supported the move by the elections agency to pull out of a crucial polls preparedness committee.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EHe further warned against intimidating commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003Cdiv\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“The genesis of tensions in the country has always been botched elections. The move by IEBC to assert its independence is critical. Their role must not be hijacked anywhere along the road to 2022,” he said.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E“We do not want Msando revisiting us,” he stated in a reference to Chris Msando, an electoral commission IT manager, who was murdered shortly before the 2017 polls.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EIn a letter to Interior PS Karanja Kibicho dated November 22, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said the commission had consulted widely before deciding   to withdraw from the National Multi-Sectoral Consultative Forum on Election Preparedness and Technical Working Committee.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EThe IEBC boss, the committee would undermine its mandate and interfere with its independence. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003EMudavadi also appeared to sustain his attacks on Raila over the ODM leader's election promises. “There is no dignity in poverty. When people can fend for themselves, that is stability,” he said.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003ERaila has promised Sh6,000 monthly stipend to needy families if elected president next year. The do ability1§ of that has been widely questioned.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003Cp\u003E(Edited by V. Graham)\u003C\u002Fp\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E \n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E\n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E\n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E\n \u003C\u002Fdiv\u003E\n \u003C\u002Fbody\u003E\n\u003C\u002Fhtml\u003E"

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