North Rift youths want ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi recognised as official Opposition leader
Tuko Team|May. 13, 2019
- The group said Mudavadi has been consistently championing for reforms in the country ever since Raila Odinga shook hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta
- They vowed to support his clarion call for economic reforms and a corruption-free state
- Mudavadi has been putting the Jubilee government on its toes over runaway corruption and dwindling economic fortunes
A group of youths from Deputy President William Ruto's backyard want Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi to be recognised as the country's official Opposition leader.
The group under the umbrella of North Rift Youths for Change, said the Opposition has been dysfunctional since Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga shook hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking in Eldoret on Monday, May 8, the group's chairman Collins Kibet said Mudavadi has continuously been keeping Jubilee administration on its toes compared to other leaders and it was high time the state recognised him as the opposition chief.
"He is always quick to defend wanjiku from further exploitation and oppression from the ruling regime and he has to be officially recognised as the official opposition leader," said Kibet
They lamented that ever since Raila joined hands with Uhuru, the country has been in a mess with cases corruption hitting the headlines on a daily basis.
Kibet said the youth have been left with no one to champion for their grievances amid high unemployment rates and dwindling economy.
"The role was initially held by the former premier but after the handshake, he abandoned the responsibility and is currently busy talking positively about the government which has failed us terribly," said Kibet
They asked the country's leadership to accord Mudavadi the respect he deserves and listen to his pieces of advice particularly on matters economy and fight against corruption.
The group vowed to throw its weight behind Mudavadi and support his clarion call for a corruption free state.
"We are solidly behind his clarion call for President Uhuru Kenyatta to remove handcuffs and arrest individuals currently plundering public funds,"said Philemon Choge, a member of the team.
The alliance is largely made up of former and current university student leaders and collage students from the region.
Their call comes barely four months after Mudavadi was endorsed as Luhya kingpin by Devotion Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and FORD Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula.
Wamalwa and Wetang'ula in company of Luhya elders drawn from Bungoma, Tran Nzioa and Vihiga counties visited Mudavadi in his Mululu on December 26, 2018 and declared him the official spokesperson of the community.
He has steadily established himself as Jubilee government's sole political and economic critic after the ODM leader agreed to work with Uhuru.
The former deputy prime minister has been mounting pressure on the Head of State to crack the whip on corrupt state officers rather than issuing mere public threats.
Mudavadi has further cautioned Kenyans against the push for constitution reforms being advanced by Uhuru and Raila arguing the move was only targeting to serve political interests of a few individuals.
"The people who are talking a lot about the referendum are the politicians. Kenyans are raising concerns about corruption, about economic hardships, lack of employment for young people, good management of public resources. Why are politicians afraid of addressing these issues, they only want referendum," said Mudavadi during a press briefing in Kisumu on Sunday, May 12
Story by Mercy Jebet - Tuko correspondent, Uasin Gishu