Cometh The Mudavadi Hour

On 9th January 2003, Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi turned down Kenya African National Union (KANU) nomination to Parliament.

In protest after he was vanquished by Moses Akaranga in Sabatia Constituency.

20 years later, Mudavadi, then an outgoing Vice President and defeated running mate to Uhuru Kenyatta is the Chief Minister to President William Ruto.

Ruto was then a junior KANU official but had just been elected the MP for Eldoret North.

Musalia, a son of former Moi power engine, still harbours Presidential ambitions after the Ruto tenancy.

In the next three years, Musalia and DP Rigathi Gachagua will square it out for political and strategic supremacy.

Musalia, regarded by many as a political gentleman and survivor is seeking to bastion the Luhya nation behind kingpin.

But President Ruto’s style of eliminating brokers will be a daunting task for the former University of Nairobi and Nairobi School alumni.

In 2007, he was the Raila Odinga running mate. In 2013, he went solo and managed a poor third. In 2017, he again joined Raila but they lost. In 2022, and for the first time, he backed Ruto, and they won.

In 2027? Likely a pillar of Ruto. Then the Lord will decide.

Today, and thanks to resilience and little political baggage, Mudavadi is a force in the Abaluhya leadership. And he looks set to retain it.