Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi seems to be taking campaigns and publicity closer to the people as 2022 succession politics hots up.
In a rare occurrence, Mudavadi was on Monday pictured in a city market buying spinach. He would be seen freely interacting with people, something that rarely comes with a leader of his calibre.
Over the weekend, Mudavadi, who visited Mumias East, vowed never to support any presidential aspirant, arguing that he is ready to compete in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I did it deliberately because I did not want Raila or anyone else to blame me for not supporting them,” said Mudavadi at the burial of Jessicah Wamatsi, mother of Mumias East politician David Wamatsi at Shikulu village on Saturday.
“I backed former President Daniel Arap Moi, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga before, the debt is over and 2022 is my turn,” said Mudavadi as quoted by the Nation.
During the event, former Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa said he was ready to support Mudavadi for the top seat only if he gets 'out of the comfort zone'.
“I am ready to do anything to ensure a Luhya ascends to power. But this can only be possible if Mudavadi moves out of the comfort zone to get the support of other communities,” added Echesa.
Mudavadi's latest approach of mingling with low-income earners has been employed before by Deputy President William Ruto, who is often seen taking tea or roasted maize in roadside cafeterias.
Over the weekend, Ruto was pictured taking tea at a makeshift hotel in Nyandarua County where he had visited.