The political mobilisation across Kenya is meant to create a false dilemma for voters in 2017, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has said.
Describing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government as incompetent and Cord hypocritical, the former deputy prime minister said he offers a fresh and sober approach to leadership.
“If they are misled into a believing it will be a two-horse race, theirs will not be a choice,” Mr Mudavadi said.
“Kenyans are being lied to by opinion polls and media that there is no alternative to Cord and Jubilee.
They are being pigeon holed so that the next election is again not about issues but tribal blocks.”
In an interview with the Nation, Mr Mudavadi said Jubilee forays in western Kenya and claims by Cord that he was out to split votes were driven by panic.
“ODM feels it owns some space that ANC is invading. Jubilee feels constrained to go commercial for the same market space.
They want to constrict political space. While Jubilee wants it through legal manipulation of swallowing parties, Cord would do the same if it were in government,” he said.
“Remember the idea of aping developed democracies with few strong parties was first mooted by ODM. What that ideology amounts to is emasculating the Constitution in favour of single or two-party hegemony.”
Deputy President William Ruto is leading Jubilee’s effort in wooing western. In the last two weeks, he has hosted delegations from different parts of the former western province.
There have been claims that Mr Mudavadi’s presidential ambition was being propped up by Mr Kenyatta’s government, ostensibly to eat into Mr Raila Odinga’s support base.
But the ANC leader says the surge of his party has been a surprise to Cord and Jubilee.
“It is a recitation of an old script about moles and projects. First it was their officials being labelled. Now it is externalised. Who then is the cry baby?” he asked.
Cord believes that without Mr Mudavadi running for presidency in 2013, Mr Odinga would have either beaten Mr Kenyatta or forced the poll into a runoff.
Mr Mudavadi says seeking support among the Luhya was not intended to split votes or block anybody’s presidential ambition.
“I must have a base support to attract national backing. Like other politically marginalised communities, the Luhya want to see one of their own form government,” he said.
The former vice president is of the view that it is well within his democratic right to contest for presidency “since the ultimate decision is with the people”.