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The ANC Party Leader In Kenya Musalia Mudavadi Has Dismissed Claims That He Has Joined UDA

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has dismissed reports claiming that he joined hands with Deputy President William Ruto because he lacked the campaign funds needed to run for the president in the August election.

This comes after Mudavadi's close ally and Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi claimed that the ANC boss had planned to run for the presidency in the coming polls but dropped his bid after he failed to get enough campaign funds hence forcing him to join Ruto.

"Our initial strategy was to ensure that Musalia Mudavadi’s name would be on the ballot as a presidential candidate in the August 9th General Election. But he did not have enough resources to sustain the presidential campaigns," Agoi claimed as reported by Daily Nation.

Adding: "We told him (Mudavadi), 'Your supporters want you to go all the way to the ballot as a presidential candidate', but we were disadvantaged since we did not have the resources to face Raila Odinga and William Ruto in the campaigns. The only option for us then was to join the Deputy President and work with him."

Mudavadi has, however, come out to deny Agoi's claims terming them misplaced and inaccurate.

Through his personal secretary Kibisu Kabatesi, Mudavadi says that he has never held a meeting with Agoi or any other person to discuss the claims.

The former vice president who noted that the lawmaker spoke on an issue that does not concern him, insisted that he did not join DP Ruto due to lack of funds.

"Reports attributed to Sabatia MP are his inaccurate views and don't represent the position of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his decision to partner with DP William Ruto and Moses Wetangula. There has never been a meeting where Mudavadi has confided such rationale. The MP misspoke on a matter he isn’t versed with," he said.

He said that their partnership in Kenya Kwanza was based on the shared economic prosperity of the country and not due to personal financial problems as claimed by MP Agoi.

He further noted that if he lacked funds as claimed by the lawmaker, he would have reached out to donors and his international networks.

"The Kenya Kwanza Coalition (KKC) partnership isn’t based on a lack of campaign resources or not. No candidate in the world going for high office can pretend to personally fund their campaigns. One depends on well-wishers and donations from the public to succeed. In this, Mudavadi lacks for nothing; he has wide local and international networks to draw from."

"As Mudavadi has explained time without number, its shared mission for the economic resuscitation and revival of the country by the partners that brought them under KKC," Mudavadi said.

Mudavadi further disputed claims that he is the one who joined DP Ruto in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, explaining that he is the founder of the alliance and that it is Ruto who joined him and not the other way around.

"Mudavadi is the originator of KKC which he invited the other partners to join. The notion that any partner joined the other is therefore erroneous."

"Whereas UDA dreams of empowering those at the lower end of our economy, ANC proposes economic revival that will put extra more money into people’s pockets, while Ford Kenya champions for equity in access to development resources. The collective theme in KKC is a working economy for every Kenyan," he said.

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