A businessman has said he will fight it out with Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi for United Democratic Forum party presidential ticket.
Ben Mulwa said he decided to throw his hat into the ring to demonstrate internal democracy in the party.
Speaking at a meeting with journalists in Nairobi Thursday, Mr Mulwa said the UDF encouraged competition and was confident that he would defeat Mr Mudavadi.
“But should he beat me at the nominations, I will be happy to support his campaign but wonder if he would do the same for me. And if I win, he should not run away from the party saying there was no democracy,” Mr Mulwa said.
In early May, Mr Mudavadi quit the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) for UDF and promptly launched his campaign as the party's flagbearer.
At the same time, he resigned his position as Minister for Local Government but maintained that he would not give up his position as Deputy PM.
Conspicuously absent at the announcement were top UDF officials and MPs affiliated to the party.
Mr Mulwa said he was unshaken by their absence adding that they would attend the official launch of his campaign in about two weeks’ time.
The 30-year-old presidential aspirant said he has been working with development initiatives which he believes will give him an edge over his opponents.
“I believe I have sufficient experience and knowledge that I have built over the years,” Mr Mulwa said.
“Currently, I have elaborate networks in 29 Counties across the country.”
He said top on his campaign agenda are reforms in the education and health sector.
“We already have the systems in place but lack people to do the jobs that are expected of them,” he said.
However, UDF Secretary General Abraham Limo expressed doubts over the validity of Mr Mulwa’s membership in the party.
“We welcome people of all walks of like, including Ben Mulwa, as it is his constitutional right to vie for the seat. He just needs to confirm that he is a party member,” Mr Limo told the Nation on phone.
He added that his office was not aware of the announcement and he could not confirm receiving an invitation for the planned launch.
“UDF believes in democracy and do not have a problem with anyone declaring their candidature, it shows we have that democracy we believe in,” Mr Limo said.
Mr Mulwa said he will be relying on his funding and friend’s contributions to run his presidential bid for the next General Election.
Last week, Mr Mudavadi welcomed competition saying he was not the automatic UDF presidential flagbearer. He spoke during a ceremony to officially open UDF headquarters in Lavington, Nairobi.