By Victor Muyakane.
The battle for the control of votes from the former western province between the CORD coalition and the Amani National Congress is on.
In apparent swipe at the opposition, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi maintains he is in competition with the Jubilee administration and no other party or coalition.
This sentiment comes amid jittery in the CORD coalition that Mudavadi may upset its political base in the western region.
Musalia Mudavadi has now taken to his backyard as he combs the area to sell his candidature for State House in 2017, determined to succeed where he has failed before.
Mudavadi has pitched camp in Kakamega county, a predominantly CORD area. However, he has no illusions about whom he’s competing with and the uphill nature of the task.
Mudavadi has been under constant pressure from the CORD coalition for his inroads into what has been an opposition zone over the last two general elections.
Mudavadi also wants Kenyans from the region to buy into the ideologies of his party and join his movement to make it a formidable force.
He warned locals against electing leaders whose political stands are suspect.
His efforts have earned him ridicule from some cquarters, particularly his increasingly outspoken criticism of the government.
Lari MP Mburu Kahangara has termed the sentiments reckless and acts of desperation.
Mudavadi had claimed that there was a ploy to starve IEBC of funds as a way of rigging the 2017 general election.