Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and the Ford-Kenya boss Moses Wetang’ula have joined forces to stop a repeat of Msambweni in the western region upcoming byelections.

The two leaders addressed journalists after reaching an agreement not to field candidates against each other in two by-elections in the region.

ANC fielded Peter Oscar Nabulindo for the Matungu seat while Majimbo Kalasinga will vie on a Ford-Kenya ticket for the Kabuchai seat.

The duo also vowed to consolidate western Kenya into a single voting bloc that will produce one presidential candidate in 2022.

ANC and Ford-Kenya are wary of the threat posed by the newly formed United Democratic Alliance (UDA), which has been associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

“Matungu and Kabuchai are not Msambweni. Kenyans will know the truth that this region has its unique needs and our people are not the kind of people who follow propaganda and tokenism," Mudavadi said.

However, Boni Khalwale, the UDA deputy chair, Benjamin Washiali and politician Hadijah Nganyi dismissed claims that they are buying off candidates

“We are not paying anyone to support us. They are joining our bandwagon due to the development agenda we have for the people of Matungu,” Washiali said.