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Wednesday, 03 Aug 2016 10:50 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
After months of seeming battles against the opposition coalition CORD, former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi’s party, the Amani National Congress, has turned its attention on the Jubilee Coalition, which it now accuses of marginalizing the Luyia community.
Speaking to this reporter at Kakamega Town over the weekend, the party’s secretary general Geoffrey Otsosi claimed that Jubilee’s forays into the former Western Province (which comprises of four counties) was bound to fail.
“While Jubilee leaders have the democratic right to market their party in Western Kenya, their efforts will fall flat. They have ignored this region for the better part of this administration and it is too late for them to suddenly realise that this region also needed development,” said Otsosi.
Otsosi said the new Jubilee Party being fronted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto carried no hopes for the Western region.
“This is an opportunistic outfit being formed to guarantee the duo’s re-election so they can preserve power. No sane leader from the Luyia community will support such conspiracy against the Kenyan people,” he claimed.
He said the rebranding of the Jubilee Alliance into the Jubilee Party could not disguise the fact that the current government is “an alliance between two communities” and other Kenyans needed to be wary of their new names.
The official’s statements indicated a new approach by ANC whereby it will combat not only CORD but Jubilee. While Mudavadi has spent the better part of his time trying to undercut CORD’s support base in Western, in a tacit alliance with Jubilee, the governing coalition’s recent move to win over MPs from the region apparently bypassed the ANC, sending the former VP back to the drawing board.
The secretary general, however, insisted that Mudavadi was a viable presidential candidate on his own and did not need Jubilee’s support of any kind to supplant CORD as the most popular coalition in Western Kenya.