Amani National Congress (ANC) Musalia Mudavadi on Tuesday met Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho as his push for the formation of a new alliance gains momentum.
Mudavadi, who was last week endorsed as Luhya spokesperson by a section of leaders from the region, has been insistent on the formation of the National Super Alliance (NASA) that would face Jubilee in the next elections, saying it is the only way to defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Among the issues discussed in the meeting between Mudavadi and Joho (one of ODM deputy party leaders) held at a Mombasa hotel, is the best way to approach the 2017 elections and how to capitalize on the apparent failings witnessed under the Jubilee coalition to sway voters to the Opposition.
Mudavadi was Raila Odinga’s running mate in the disputed 2007 elections which saw Mwai Kibaki of PNU declared winner, leading to a breakout of violence in several parts of the country.
The dispute led to the formation of coalition government with Mwai Kibaki becoming President, Raila Odinga Prime Minister and Kalonzo Musyoka as the Vice President.
Musalia Mudavadi and current President Uhuru Kenyatta were appointed Deputy Prime Ministers in the grand coalition government.
The ANC leader is seeking to bring together Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), Gideon Moi of Kanu and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto who is also the party chair of Mashinani Party to form a formidable force to face Jubilee in 2017.
Already Mudavadi has been seen with Raila Odinga in several tours, with the absence of Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula (Raila’s co-principals in CORD) in some of those events raising questions over their positions in the coalition.
Raila, Wetangula and Kalonzo have however dispelled reports of disgruntlement in CORD saying they are united on a common course – to defeat Jubilee in 2017.
CORD and the proposed National Super Alliance are yet to name who their presidential candidate will be.
Governor Joho has also been adamant that Jubilee should be elbowed out of power in 2017 saying Kenyans have suffered tremendously in their four years of reign.
The Mombasa Governor has been seen as an impeding factor to Jubilee’s attempts to gain popularity in the coast region, which is perceived to be Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s stronghold.