Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has advised Musalia Mudavadi to forget the running mate position under Deputy President William Ruto.
Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula teamed up with Ruto ahead of the August 2022 polls but the details of their agreement were kept under wraps.
However, talking in his hometown during the weekend, the vocal Kang’ata claimed that Ruto’s running mate will be picked among political leaders in Central Kenya. Mudavadi is from Western Kenya.
“On the side of the Deputy President, we are certain his running mate will come from the mountain (read Central Kenya),” said Kang’ata, who is gunning the Murang’a gubernatorial position.
“The fact that Kalonzo has gone to Azimio (to team up with Raila Odinga) means he has asked for the running mate post. This means those of us from Central Kenya have no chance to get the DP position under Raila.”
Kang’ata’s remarks come a day after Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala said Mudavadi will not acknowledge anything not exactly the running mate position.
Malala likewise claimed that Ruto will be the flagbearer of the Kenya Kwanza alliance.
Kang’ata is the second leader from Central Kenya, after Rigathi Gachagua, to proclaim that Ruto needs to choose his number two from Central Kenya.