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Inside Mudavadi Ruto power deal

by Martin Kinyua

Inside Mudavadi Ruto power deal

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudawadi has finally confirmed a power-sharing deal with Vice President William Ruto.

Speaking at a Kenyan Kwanza event in Vihiga County on Thursday, April 21, Mudawadi revealed that if Ruto wins the August 9 election, the western region will receive 30 per cent of government power.

He explained that the lucrative deal, he urged the west to accept all government appointments, from cabinet secretaries to ambassador appointments.
The former finance minister added that his colleague, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, was included in 30 per cent of the deal.

“Wetangula and I are one of the founding members of the Kenyan Kwanza Alliance (ANC, UDA, Ford Kenya). We wrote in the agreement that we will have a 30% share of the government formed after the elections.
“If it is ambassadors, 30 per cent, if it is Principal Secretaries, 30 per cent if its parastatals s30 per cent if it is Cabinet Secretaries of Kenya, 30 per cent,” he disclosed.
Previously, both Ruto and Mudawadi denied power-sharing in their coalition agreement and insisted they were focused on the country’s economic revolution.

However, he did not respond to speculation about the running mate position in Kenya’s Kwanza, although he urged residents to focus on forming the next government rather than the position he would get in Ruto’s government.

Mudavadi said that unlike Azimio of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the community was well represented in their faction.

At Thursday’s event, Wetangula and Ruto joined Mudavadi.

For his part, Ruto described Musalia as a rare politician, saying he was focused on what the Luhya community would get rather than his position in the league.

“What Mudawadi is looking for is something that will benefit his supporters. Such leaders are not easy to find. Mudawadi has shown that he can make sacrifices when necessary,” he said.

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