For over years, US-based lawyer Professor Makau Mutua has been a vocal defender and strong supporter of ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Makau, who has been so critical of the Deputy President William Ruto, has since had a soft spot for the country’s ‘father of democracy’ ever since Raila expressed his intentions to take over the country’s top leadership as the president.
Mutua’s support for Raila, however, seemed to have taken a new twist after the vocal lawyer, on Thursday suggestively jumped ship and endorsed Raila Odinga’s supposed competitor for the presidency in 2022.
Taking to his twitter page, Mutua suggestively endorsed ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi for the country’s top seat in 2022.
The vocal lawyer termed Musalia as a calm, reasonable individual with a good heart who practices politics of unity as compared to his other competitors.
“METHINKS @MusaliaMudavadi could — COULD — make a good President. He’s a calm reasonable man with a good heart. He’s not divisive and doesn’t threaten Armageddon — unlike the OTHER one,” read Makau’s tweet.
METHINKS @MusaliaMudavadi could — COULD — make a good President. He’s a calm reasonable man with a good heart. He’s not divisive and doesn’t threaten Armageddon — unlike the OTHER one. pic.twitter.com/CQ1XXS5SV5
— Prof Makau Mutua (@makaumutua) September 10, 2020
His opinion, however, seemed to have evoked different reactions, with Elgeyo Marakwet county Senator Kipchumba Murkomen coming out to weigh in on the same.
While tagging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s former lawyer Ahmed Nassir along in his tweet, Murkomen, who is an adamant supporter and defender of the DP, alleged that Makau Mutua had abandoned his friend Raila Odinga, terming him as a catastrophic and divisive man.
“Makau Mutua has abandoned Raila Odinga calling him a man who is divisive and threatens Armageddon. Awuoro! @ahmednasirlawwhat do you say ?” posed Murkomen
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 10, 2020
Makau Mutu’s remarks on Mudavadi come as a boost to the ANC leader, who over the past few days, welcomed back his Kakamega county Senator Cleophas Malala into the party.
During the church service over the weekend, Malala, while announcing his return to the party, asked for forgiveness from Mudavadi for going against him for the Luhya leadership.
“I know I had wronged you and uttered some words against you because of politics. My first step is to ask for forgiveness from you,” he stated.
There have been so many calls from leaders from the Western region, led by William Ruto’s allies on Mudavadi to abandon his quest for 2022 and join Ruto’s wagon.
Despite these calls, Mudavadi has stayed put, promising to run for the top seat and not to support any other candidate again.