ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi who is eying President Uhuru’s succession in 2022 has ruled out the possibilty of anyone outwitting him in the race to the State House.
Mudavadi was speaking during an interview with Inooro TV’s Michael Njenga in which he said he was not ready to be anyone’s running mate.
“You see, they say once bitten, twice shy, I’m open to political alliances and coalitions provided they know I’m in for the presidency,” Mudavadi said in part.
He was speaking in the backdrop of claims that the Uhuru-Ruto bromance of 2013 cheated him out of shot at State House.
In his recently released book, Soaring Above the Storms of Passion, Mudavadi claimed that Ruto and Uhuru had driven into his home, seeking to have him as a presidential candiate.
The understanding at the time was that Uhuru would drop from the race in the favor of Mudavadi who would then square it out with ODM’s Raila Odinga.
The move was meant to allow Uhuru handle the ICC matters which had tainted his image in the lead up to the 2013 polls.
Two days later after word got out that Uhuru had dropped out of the race, Uhuru who would later become president went on TV saying he was still in the race.
He accused demons of trying to mislead him into dropping from the race.
Mudavadi would later go at it alone- albeit unsucessfully- with Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni who had agreed to be his running mate.
Again, in the last General Election of 2017, Mudavadi joined the NASA-Alliance alongside Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and ODM leader Raila Odinga who bagged the ticket.
The trio was however unable to clinch the top seat and fell out soon after, with Raila striking a political truce with President Uhuru now widely known as the ‘handshake’.
In 2022, Mudavadi now says he will be vigilant in any negotiations and will not be taking anything other than a ticket to State House.
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