In January 2022, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula dumped former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s camp.
The duo then agreed to work with Kenya Kwanza Alliance leader William Ruto in the August 9, General Election, much to the disappointment of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga.
On Wednesday, September 7, the shortest-serving vice president revealed why he ditched Raila for Ruto.
Mudavadi, a principal in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance said he agreed to work with President-elect after realizing that Raila’s presidential manifesto was not addressing the plight of Kenyans.
“I could tell that Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party was trying to put on the table was not based on seeking solutions to the people of Kenya,” Mudavadi said.
According to him, the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leaders were only seeking to secure government positions for their allies as well as securing their ill-gotten wealth.
“They were seeking an agenda for self-preservation, how will their businesses be secure, and how certain people would remain in privileged positions. This was the agenda that was being pushed. I looked at it and said that is not the agenda we want for this country,” he added.
Mudavadi said he joined William Ruto’s camp after realizing that their manifesto rhymed with ANC’s Pesa Mfukoni which aims at not only revolutionizing the economy but also creating job opportunities for the Western region which had over time been in opposition.
With his ‘Pesa mfukoni’ (money in the pocket) tagline, the ANC leadership wanted to bring a revolution in the economy so that Kenyans can earn more money from their businesses and jobs.
“We want to deal with unemployment; we want to stop pilferage in this country. We want resources for this nation to be used properly,” he said.