Mudavadi and Raila fight dirty over poll

The political rivalry between Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his deputy Musalia Mudavadi on Monday escalated into an ugly spat with both camps threatening to spill the dark secrets of their opponents.

Mr Odinga’s presidential campaign secretariat invited Mr Mudavadi to explain his role in a series of scandals, including Anglo Leasing and Goldenberg, in which billions of shillings were lost.
The deputy PM office responded swiftly, claiming that the PM has his fair share of skeletons in the cupboard and cited the Kazi Kwa Vijana scandal, the maize saga and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) drama.
Weekend chaos
The threats to bring out the soft belly of Mr Odinga and Mr Mudavadi comes hot on the heels of a weekend during which their supporters clashed at a funeral in the latter’s Sabatia constituency.
On Monday, Mr Odinga’s campaigns director of communication, Mr Barrack Muluka, dispatched a 12-point statement to media houses in which he sought to discredit Mr Mudavadi’s democratic credentials right from the time he became an MP in 1989.
“We shall invite him to explain a lot of things, among them his role as the confluence of Anglo Leasing and Goldenberg affairs and the mystery of Sh16 billion,” said Mr Muluka.
Past scandals
But in a 10-point rejoinder, Mr Mudavadi’s spokesman Kibisu Kabatesi dismissed the allegations as ‘irritability about a great loss they feel.’
“In the lead up to elections, they may choose to tell stories about this corruption and it will not just be propaganda about some target individuals. The difference will be in their captivating currency. We have snippets of them in the Maize, Kazi kwa Vijana, NSSF and NHIF scams,” he said.
Mr Kabatesi said Mr Mudavadi was not afraid of his past and no intimidation about nefarious revelations will cower him.
“If these threats did not keep him in ODM, they will not stop him winning the elections.”
The exchange was triggered by Mr Mudavadi’s Sunday claims that Mr Odinga should quit politics with President Kibaki.
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