By Michael Chepkwony
United Democratic Forum presidential hopeful Musalia Mudavadi has said that he is ready to dialogue with Eldoret North MP William Ruto to forge unity ahead of the General Election. The Deputy Prime Minister said he had no differences with Ruto, adding that they are both seeking voter support for their presidential bids.
The Sabatia MP was speaking to hundreds of residents in Nandi Hills after a joint meeting between elders from Western Province and Nandi County on Sunday where he sought their support.
Mudavadi later visited Koitalel Mausoleum where he paid his respects to the legendary Nandi leader as a mark of cementing the agreed unity with the residents. Mudavadi said he had good relations with Ruto, adding that they were both in the forefront during the mediation that was led by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan after the disputed presidential election results in 2007.
He said: “We were in the forefront with Ruto at Nairobi Serena Hotel as we struggled to find a way of uniting Kenyans. I believe that we shall unite with him and promote unity among Kenyans”.
Mudavadi spoke ahead of a public campaign rally that will be held today at Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Kapsabet. UDF supporters from the region are also expected to attend the rally. Lurambi MP Manyala Keya, Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga), UDF party chairman Hassan Kiptoo Osman, Secretary General Abraham Limoh, former Nominated MP Mark Too, elders from Western Province, Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties accompanied Mudavadi. Mr Too who spoke before Mudavadi, said the unity between URP and UDF parties will be a success that will ensure that a reliable leader is elected as President.