Mudavadi responds to Uhuru’s ‘uongozi sio sprint, ni marathon’ remarks

File image of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi during a past briefing. PHOTO | COURTESY

  • Speaking at the launch of the party's revamped digital platforms, the ANC leader said he is determined to go all the way to the ballot.
  • This comes amid talks that ODM leader Raila Odinga is planning to woo OKA principals to back his presidential bid.

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has responded to President Uhuru Kenyatta over his take on leaders seeking to succeed him on account of youthfulness.

“If people are worried that the young people are running very fast, then they must wake up to the reality that the young people are tired of us going too slowly,” said Mudavadi.

This comes after President Kenyatta said next year’s State House succession race was a marathon, and not a sprint, scoffing at early campaigns that have raised political temperatures.

In what could be seen as a soft endorsement of ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid, President Kenyatta said age was a non-issue in determining the 5th head of state.

“Mkikuja muambiwe huyu ni mzee hafai, ati tunataka kijana, sijui huyu ako namna hii ama namna ile, mtu anachagua kwa ubongo, uongozi uko kwa akili,” said the president on December 1, 2021.

“Uongozi sio mpira ya kuchezwa kwa kiwanja…uongozi sio sprint, ni marathon…wewe utakimbia hapa by the time ukifika pale mbele pumzi imeisha, lakini mzee amekanyanga pole pole akuje akupite bado ukiwa kwa barabara.”

Mudavadi also ruled out the possibility of playing second fiddle in next year's general election.

Speaking at the launch of the party's revamped digital platforms on Thursday, the ANC leader said he is determined to go all the way to the ballot.

This comes amid talks that ODM leader Raila Odinga is planning to woo the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals to back his presidential bid.

“There are deadlines that will come next year about coalitions and so forth, don’t panic, we will talk to other people, we will want to grow and widen the net, then inaccordance with IEBC deadlines we will fulfill our mandate. At that time, we will now all be saying tunaelekea,” he said.

Mudavadi’s sentiments were reiterated by his close allies who asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to support the ANC leader for the presidency.

“Akukuja ajue kwamba kuna Captain Musalia, kuna Captain Weta, kuna Captain Kalonzo, na kuna Captain Gideon Moi,” said Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala.

“NASA was the idea of Musalia Mudavadi. Wakati Raila alikuja hapo ndani akatake over, yeye ndiye akakuwa kiongozi.

The ANC leader also defended IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati against what he called intimidation by political leaders, urging him to remain firm and make independent decisions in the planning for the 2022 election.

“It is the IEBC that is mandated to conduct elections in this country, and their role must not be hijacked anywhere along the path to the 2022 elections,” he said.