Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has accused Amani National Congress leader (ANC) Musalia Mudavadi of copying his campaign strategies and ideas ahead of the 2022 General Election.

Mutua, who has declared his intention to run for the presidency, said Musalia Mudavadi has on “numerous occasions” copied his ideas.

In a statement he shared on Twitter on Wednesday, 23rd September, Mutua claimed that Mudavadi “has been doing the same over the last one year.

“My supporters and I have noticed that every time I go public with an idea, a concept and even part of my manifesto, a few days or weeks later, Hon Musalia Mudavadi, comes out and says the same things or attempts to replicate what I have done,” said Mutua.

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“This has been going on for long enough. It has reached such high levels that when I strategise with my team, we joke that we have to be hush-hush or Mudavadi and other leaders will copy us.”

Mutua also pointed out that after launching his 2022 presidential bid two weeks ago and branding himself as a “safe pair of hands”, Mudavadi followed the suit.

“A few weeks ago, during my speech as I announced my 2022 candidature, I said that I was a ‘safe pair of hands’ with both national and county experience and that I was a neutral and balanced leader – what Kenyans need. A few days later, Hon Musalia Musavadi copied me and declared he was a ‘safe pair of hands’ for similar reasons as mine,” said Mutua.

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The Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader also claimed that Mudavadi has copied his ‘Sheng’ language tactics in addressing youths through videos telling them to shun tribalism.

“Now again, Hon Mudavadi, has copied me and released a video targeting youth where he struggles to speak in Sheng to them.

Mutua further said that Kenya needs creative and innovative leaders who have thought through how to transform Kenya and not copy artists.

His remarks have attracted mixed reactions from a section of Kenyans on social media, with some supporting him and others blasting him.

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