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ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi. He is said to be headed to CORD. PHOTO: EVANS HABIL/NATION MEDIA GROUP

He has vehemently denied he is interested in any coalition deals, but Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi, it has been revealed, is set to join Raila Odinga’s Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

According to Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, Cord is in talks with Mudavadi to join it ahead of the next election scheduled for August 2017.

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A report by Citizen Digital suggests that Cord has been eyeing Mudavadi in an attempt to consolidate Western Kenya votes ahead of the polls.

While speaking during a press briefing at Parliament buildings on Wednesday, September 21, the Senator revealed that the Opposition will revive the Prime Minister position if it wins the presidency.

The position, according to Tuko, will be preserved for the presidential candidate who will emerge third in Cord’s joint nominations.

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Cord principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses Wetangula have all said they will vie for presidency.

The coalition has agreed on joint nominations which will see the the Opposition choose one of them to be the flag bearer while either of the two losing candidates will be the winner’s running mate.

It is however not yet clear which position Mudavadi will be handed once he joins Cord given that he may demand a bigger share of the ‘mkate’ for his Amani National Coalition party.

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Cord is seeking to consolidate its perceived stronghold of Western Kenya even as rival Jubilee Party is burning the midnight oil to make sure the all-important region votes in its favour.

Several leaders from Western have ditched the Opposition in favour of JP and its leader President Uhuru Kenyatta and have vowed to hold campaigns in the area to popularise the party.