By Francis Ngige
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mdavadi (center), arrives for his announcement of his new party United Democratic Forum (UDF) at Kenyatta International Conference center Wednesday. [Picture: Govedi Asutsa]
And with the pending International Criminal Court case complicating issues for Uhuru, Mudavadi might step in as a compromise candidate to inherit Mt Kenya votes.
The residents of the region keenly followed his announcement Wednesday, which was beamed live on all major television stations.
Of interest to the locals is the fact that Uhuru allies such as Jeremiah Kioni, Nderitu Mureithi, Nelson Gaichuhie, and Njoroge Baiya attended the launch at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.
"We hope that Mudavadi is going to team up with Uhuru and (William) Ruto to form a formidable group that would win the presidency," said Moses Wachira, a taxi driver.
Wachira said Mudavadi's trait of humility, was a strong selling point for him in the region, which supports Uhuru.
Mwea MP Peter Gitau welcomed Mudavadi's announcement saying it had raised the stakes in the race to State House. "He is viewed as sober, and the Mt Kenya people can decide that he is the best bet to succeed President Kibaki," said Gitau.