The chairman of the Amani National Congress (ANC), Musalia Mudavadi, launched his 2022 presidential campaign in Kajiado County yesterday, warning against a policy of intolerance.
Mr Mudavadi said Kenyans should allow the president’s hopes to sell their agenda without interference.
While condemning the attacks on Vice President William Ruto’s motorcade in Busia on Saturday, Mudavadi said candidates should be allowed to sell their views to every corner of the country.
âThe lack of peace and tolerance can be destructive. When people invest in impunity, hooliganism and intolerance, they are doing the country a great disservice, âMudavadi said.
He added that hooliganism could plunge the country into similar violence seen in 2007 and 2008.
âI participated in the reconciliation that followed the post-election violence in 2008. Our children should not experience violence. Let’s never go this way, âhe said at roadside rallies after attending a service at Harvest Family Church in Ongata Rongai.
Respect the rule of law
The ANC leader asked the Kenyans for support and promised to improve the country’s economy.
âThe leadership of this country must be anchored on God. Leaders should be trusted to create jobs and make businesses thrive. Children should be able to go to school comfortably and families should be able to bring food to the table, âMudavadi said.
“We want leaders who can be trusted to run the economy, leaders who respect the rule of law and guarantee education and medical treatment for all.”
He added that the coronavirus pandemic has hit the country hard, “but violence can be a bigger problem for our economy”.
“Let’s choose leaders who guarantee peace and don’t expose people to sleepless nights,” he said.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja said intolerance is looming in some parts of the country.
“We shouldn’t go back to where we were,” he said.
Tainted with corruption
“We shouldn’t go back to where people look at you for your surname, not for the content of your character.”
According to the Nairobi Senator, “Mr Mudavadi is the best choice for the presidency because the country is as polarized as it is”.
The services and roadside rallies were attended by ANC General Secretary Simon Gikuru, Party Vice Chairman Ayub Savula, Chairman Ken Lunani, Matungu MP Peter Nabulindo and several other leaders.
Mr Gikuru said Kenyans were at a crossroads, adding that the ANC party leader was the best person to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We at the ANC offer a leader who is not tainted by corruption and other evils,” said Gikuru.
“The soul of the country needs a Musalia Mudavadi to survive as he is committed to taking Kenya to the next level.”