Uncategorized LIVE BLOG: Musalia Mudavadi's Earthquake Event – Kenyans.co.ke
Amani National Congress Party leader Musalia Mudavadi is expected to make his big announcement on Sunday, January 23 at Bomas, Nairobi.
The event, hyped as the Mudavadi Earthquake, has seen a number of politicians grace the event. The event is slated to join his allies in a bid to endorse his Presidential bid as well as chart the way forward.
Mudavadi’s co-principals at the One Kenya Alliance, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) have also graced the event.
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17:43: DP Ruto announced joint campaigns with Mudavadi and Wetangula which would kick off in Nakuru as the trio iron out leadership issues in their new-found alliance.
“We have had in-depth discussion with my brothers and we have agreed that Kenya is greater than anyone of us. We will make whatever sacrifices that need to be made so that we consolidate Kenya and take it to the next level.
“We are also acutely clear that this will take the hand of God and the people of Kenya. We are going to walk this journey with many Kenyans. I would like to announce that the journey to bring this country has started at Bomas, The next stop will be Wednesday in Nakuru County and then Friday in Western Kenya and then Saturday in Central Kenya,” stated Ruto.
17:30: DP William Ruto has said that he is ready to work with ANC, Ford-Kenya and other parties
“I want to confirm that we will work with ANC, Ford-Kenya and any other party that want to walk this journey of bringing Kenyans together.. We are going to raise the bar of leadership so that deceit, lies and conmanship does not become part of leadership in Kenya.
“We will ensure we consolidate and protect our democracy and as a nation we will refuse criminalization of dissent and alternative views,” stated Ruto
17:17: Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula praised Mudavadi as a brother who stood with him through thick and thin and vowed to reciprocate the same.
“My brother Musalia has emerged from the ashes like a phoenix, ready to fly. You have caused panic, until some group has been assembled to purport to answer you. We embrace our brothers and sisters from UDA. We move together, we talk together, we think together and we live together,” he stated.
17:13: Garissa Town MP Aden Duale confirmed that the new partnership between UDA and ANC was aimed at salvaging the country financially.
“I was wondering what will be the form of this earthquake. But Musalia has spoken for the many Kenyans, about immunity, joblessness.
“The culture of immunity should not be perpetuated. A team has come together to salvage our country. Every vote across all counties counts, every region, every community counts as we move to bring change,” he stated.
17:05: Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo hailed Mudavadi as his friend noting that the two have a shared vision and declared that from the Bomas meeting, he had seen the light.
“I was in the holding room with Moi and Kalonzo. But they decided not to stay. If we are to move to the next level, Kenya will not be the same again. I have seen the light,” he stated.
16:52: Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru: I was with Sakaja at the backroom of forming the next government in 2013. Today, I endorse the partnership between UDA and ANC. I am confident that if you combine Pesa Mfukoni and Bottom Up approach, we will liberate Kenya from economic problems.
16:30: Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja: Hon Musalia Mudavadi, we are firmly behind you. Thank you for taking a stand. Let me tell you ‘Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi’ exemplified honesty, integrity, trust, humility amd fearlessness.’
16:24: Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala noted that he was shocked to see Mudavadi and Ruto at the same event. “You are the kingmakers and now we declare that you are going to be the kings. The earthquake has already claimed two victims (Kalonzo Musyoka and Gideon Moi),” he stated.
16:16: Mudavadi finished his highly charged speech before heading for a photoshoot moment with Deputy President William Ruto.
16:03: Speaking on the country’s borrowing, Mudavadi promised to set up a national regulatory body to stem down the state’s appetite for foreign borrowing. Noted that Kenya risked losing its sovereignty
“Kenya is at risk to lose its sovereignty because of reckless borrowing to fund corruption. The public-private partnerships are eating up the country, the private entities are people in gov’t with their families. These cartels don’t even pay taxes,” he stated.
15:50 Mudavadi affirmed that he would not consider a partnership with his former NASA principal and current Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader, Raila Odinga.
“For the avoidance of doubt, ANC’s stand, which I am privileged to announce, is that the spectre called Azimio is not an option when it comes to partnerships.”
“The sanctity of life means nothing in our country. We wake up every day to news of murder, slaughter and disappearances of persons. Even when several dozen bodies are discovered in gunny bags in a river. Even when poor Kenyans are buried alive in a mine, we are unmoved. Young people are slaughtered every day and it is business as usual. Where is our government when all this is happening? Where are the handshake partners?” he posed.
15:43: Mudavadi attacks government cartels: Private partners in the cartel style deals are people in government working, with their close family members. They are eating up the country.
15:28: Mudavadi poked holes on the current government- pointing out that the country’s economy was in shambles.
“There are cartels who do not even pay taxes, they are the worst burden our country has ever had to carry. We must reject their political projects and sinister thieves,” he stated amidst the cheers from the crowd.
14:13: OKA principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Gideon Moi walk out of ANC NDC at Bomas of Kenya after MPs allied to DP Ruto’s party UDA walk in.
14:12: Deputy President William Ruto arrives at Bomas of Kenya alongside Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
14:08: A number of Ruto allies stream in including Garissa Township MP Aden Duale, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
13:50: The DP’s allies continue to grace the event at the Bomas of Kenya. Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir and former Kibra parliamentary aspirant MacDonald Mariga have joined ANC delegates.
13:30: Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have arrived at the event including former Law Society of Kenya president Nelson Havi, Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa.
13:07: Mudavadi and his family arrive at Bomas of Kenya.