By Beauttah Omanga
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi took his campaign to the South Rift with a call on the electorate to support his presidential bid.
Mudavadi said he was already talking with United Republican Party presidential aspirant William Ruto on the possibility of teaming up to boost their chances of winning.
He said it was his desire to have Kenyans participate in the presidential race at once and avoid a run-off, which he termed as an unnecessary burden to the taxpayer.
“I am already talking with my brother Ruto with a view of us teaming up to ensure we nail the presidency in the first round and avoid having a run-off, which will drain the country’s financial coffers,” he said.
He said a run-off could trigger tribalism and might be marred by poor voter turn-out.
Addressing a rally at Sosiot playing ground in Belgut, Kericho County, Mudavadi said he was optimistic the Kalenjin would support his presidential bid.
Mudavadi said leaders who contributed to the country’s second liberation should now pave way for a new crop to take the country to another level.
“There are leaders who did their part in the past like it happened in athletics in those days when Kipchoge Keino starred for Kenya, but now we have a new sensation called Aspel Kiprop. There is no way Keino can compete at the any international race within Kiprop,” said Mudavadi.
The DPM, who was accompanied by Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale, and former Cabinet minister Mukhisa Kituyi, said elections should be held in March, as the court ruled.
“Kenyans would not accept that the polls be extended beyond March.”