ANC Leader Musalia Mudavadi has addressed the recent migration of politicians out of his party.

Mudavadi stated that he is unperturbed by the decision of some members of ANC to join other parties, noting that they have the right to converse and join anyone they want.

He maintained that the defections are not a cause for alarm on an alleged crisis in ANC.

 “If any member wishes to take a walk, frankly speaking, it is his democratic right. If that happens, the party will just go to its reservoir of members and identify alternatives,” Mudavadi told the Nation.

The ANC leader maintained that his party's reputation remains intact despite the migration of some of its members to DP William Ruto's UDA and Raila Odinga's ODM.

He further argued that having more party members does not necessarily mean loyalty.

“You are better of having a few committed and dedicated soldiers than 1,000 fellows who are ready to stab you in the back purporting to be loyalists,” the ANC leader added.

Mudavadi also said that his party members having disparaging views does not necessarily mean that they are in support of a certain political faction or are discontented.

“I can name MPs who belong to ODM but have divergent views. There are very many. In fact, the biggest chunk of Jubilee MPs has different views. There are those in Wiper and Ford Kenya too with different views,” he said.

Last week Penina Mukabane, an aspiring Woman Representative for Kakamega County, and Wycliffe Muhanji, who served as ANC’s grassroots mobiliser, jumped ship to DP Ruto’s UDA party. In December 2021, high-profile ANC members among them Matungu MP Peter Oscar Nabulindo, Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi and ANC Deputy Party leader Ayub Savula also ditched Mudavadi’s camp for Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja movement.

The ANC leader also addressed the issue of One Kenya Alliance (OKA) failing to name a flagbearer. He stated that the coalition is still conducting negotiations with other interested parties and will name its flagbearer before IEBC's February deadline.

Mudavadi also dismissed claims that he has an advantage over his OKA co-principals should they hold nominations for the coalition's flagbearer.

“We leave that to the technical committee to make its decision. But whoever is raising that should just look at the National Super Alliance (NASA) situation back in 2017,” he said.

“In the NASA situation, Wetangula, Raila, Kalonzo and I were there. In the process, Raila was picked as the presidential flag bearer and Kalonzo as his running mate but the decision was not made along ethnic lines.”