ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi has accused the Azimio la Umoja Movement led by ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta of blackmailing political aspirants into joining the outfit.
Speaking in Kakamega during his third day of campaign in the region, the Kenya Kwanza principal said Raila had conned leaders to defect from their parties into joining Azimio to only later leave them into the cold.
He said Raila cannot be trusted to lead the country if he could not keep his word on small party matters.
Mudavadi spoke when he received into the party Habil Nanjendo who defected from ODM to ANC.
Nanjendo popularly known as ‘Korokoro’, the Butere constituency aspirant defected from ODM after its leader Raila Odinga gave direct ticket to former ANC Member and MP Tindi Mwale.
Mudavadi addressed rallies in Butere and Matungu constituencies where he promised aspirants of free, fair and transparent party nominations.
“Raila Odinga is the master of conmanship politics. He lied to some people to defect from their parties with a promise of fair nominations. After zoning them into his Azimio project, he has gone ahead to hand direct tickets to some while ignoring his party stalwarts,” said Mudavadi.
The Kenya Kwanza principal who has camped in the western region since Saturday castigated the ODM leader saying Raila is keen in controlling the Luhya politics while allowing democracy to thrive in his Luo Nyanza backyard.
He said the ODM leader had not given direct tickets to people in his backyard, and questioned why he was keen to giving direct tickets to others in Luhya land.
Mudavadi said Raila has been in government for three years and never took government goodies to the people of Western and only concentrated on wooing the development budget to his backyard.
“In the years he has been in a ‘handshake’ government with President Kenyatta, he took projects worth more than 200 billion shillings to his community and totally ignoring the Western people including revival of Mumias Sugar Company and Nzoia Sugar Company, and he comes here to tell us that he will help revive the collapsed firms. Why didn’t he do it while in shared government with Uhuru?” posed Mudavadi.
Mudavadi, accompanied by Governor aspirant Cleophas Mulala and MPs Beatrice Adagala (Vihiga) and Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), continued to amplify his call on the Luhya nation to consider voting in Kenya Kwanza leaders.
Korokoro, the former Political Advisor to Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya ditched the Orange Party for what he termed as betrayal within the party after he was denied the ticket.
Mudavadi lauded Korokoro’s move to join ANC under the Kenya Kwanza Coalition.
“They thought they had cornered Korokoro but he was smarter and outwitted them,” said Mudavadi in Sabatia, Butere Constituency.
Mudavadi said the people of Butere feel betrayed by the ODM party, and they have vowed to teach ODM a lesson come August 9, during the general election.
He hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta over his move to support and campaign for Raila instead of finding solutions to economic problems facing Kenyans.
“We don’t want few families to continue controlling Kenyans. In August, Uhuru term is coming to an end and we want to tell him to stop giving us projects.
He said Uhuru is playing reverse psychology on Kenyans by letting his people join Kenya Kwanza while he is busy telling other Kenyans to join Azimio.