Musalia Mudavadi, the presidency and his muhindi childMay 3 2012 at 1:23 PM
There is one puzzle in Kenyan politics that has confounded many. How does a man who hates confrontation wake up one morning with both barrels firing and apparently going for his party boss' jugular?
Insiders have solved that mystery for this blogger and it appears that Mr "Weak leaf" as his detractors like to call him is not really after the presidency but is in fact gunning for deputy president.
Let me explain. Raila Odinga handlers are keen on using their candidate's running mate for 2012 as an extra political trump card. The truth is that Musalia does not have a following more so as deputy party leader. The Odinga camp has been gunning for Martha Karua but she will not budge and so they had settled for Charity Ngilu as Raila's running mate. This will effectively leave Musalia in the cold. Remember that in the next parliament you can not run for president and MP at the same time. Meaning that if you go for the presidency and lose you are out of any political office for 5 years.
Musalia is what most would call a cool guy. He is not malicious and does not play dirty but sadly the skeletons in his closet have affected him so much so that he can't speak too loudly where men are discussing family life and values.
This is because in a dramatic turn of events during his heady days as finance minister, Musalia's wife gave birth to a 'colored' boy, which raised serious concern at the Mudavadi home with his mother instructing him to do away with the wife as her infidelity was unacceptable considering his high profile public position. Those close to the wife claimed that the child was actually sired by a certain Asian contractor.
The indecisive former minister kept the woman who went ahead and sired more children for him. The Standard Newspaper had the story but Musalia used lots of money and his influence then including threats not to have the story published.
However, the alternative media notoriously referred to as the gutter press had a field day with the story to the chagrin of the then minister who chose not to comment about the issue.
Actually earlier, Musalia abandoned a woman he had been living with for many years to marry his current "more official looking" wife. He did this immediately he was appointed to the cabinet by President Moi shortly after the death of his father, Moses Sabstone Mudavadi.
And so the other woman must have felt really vindicated at the birth of the "Muhindi" child.
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