Mudavadi hints at Ruto alliance
Posted Saturday, July 28 2012 at 13:50
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has given the clearest indication yet that he could team up with Eldoret North MP William Ruto in his bid to clinch the presidency in the next polls.
Speaking at Sosiot Grounds, Kericho County, during his three-day tour of the South Rift Friday, the United Democratic Forum (UDF) party presidential aspirant said discussions between him and Mr Ruto were at an advanced stage.
"Ruto is a good friend of mine and I am comfortable working with him to transform the country. This country needs new leaders who are focused on development,” he said.
At the time Mudavadi was campaigning in the South Rift, Mr Ruto was holding his campaign meetings in Western Kenya, which is the Sabatia MP's backyard.
Mr Mudavadi said it was an "exchange program" that "would ensure that we have support in all parts of the country".
In an apparent reference to his political ally-turned-foe Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the DPM said that old politicians should retire and let the younger generation to take over leadership.
“Athletes like Kipchoge Keino also contributed greatly to the athletic prowess that Kenya is now well known for,
"They have now passed on the baton to younger runners like Asbel Kiprop who are faster than them,” said Mr Mudavadi.
He urged Kenyans to uphold peace during the polls.
“Let us unite as Kenyans during this election period and ensure that no one is hurt for any reason,” said Mr Mudavadi.
Ikolomani MP Boni Khalwale hit out at Mr Odinga, accusing him of failing to retain friends. He advised Mr Mudavadi against holding any talks with Mr Odinga.
“Raila kicked William (Ruto) and Mudavadi out of the Orange Party once he got what he wanted from them. We cannot trust him,” he said.