Mudavadi Snaps as Ex-Running Mate is Booed at Mother's Burial [VIDEO]

  • ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi speaks during the 15th Memorial Service of the late Vice President Kijana Wamalwa in Kitale on August 23, 2018.
    ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi speaks during the 15th Memorial Service of the late Vice President Kijana Wamalwa in Kitale on August 23, 2018.
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  • Former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi lost his cool during the burial ceremony of his mother Hannah Atsianzale on Saturday, January 9, 2020. 

    Mudavadi rose to speak after the mourners booed his friend and former running mate Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni off the stage. 

    “We came for my mother’s burial, not a political competition; we have to respect that,” Mudavidi said firmly, silencing the crowd.

    ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi with Nyandarua MP Jeremih Kioni during the presidential election in 2013
    ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi with Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni during the presidential election in 2013
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    He reprimanded the crowd for not respecting the occasion and defended Kioni who was accused of abandoning him during the 2013 general elections. 

    Kioni rose to speak and immediately received the wrath of the mourners who jeered him as he explained what happened prior to being branded a traitor. 

    The MP, for the first time, clarified that he in fact voted for his running mate, Mudavadi, in the presidential election of 2013.  Mudavadi garnered 483,981 votes. 

    The Ndaragwa MP explained that the media lied that he did not vote for Mudavadi.  

    "I voted for Musalia Mudavadi. I did not vote for my good friend Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.

    "The long and short of the story is that it was a lie. We have been to court just, for the record, and the court has even awarded me damages for defamation against the media houses," Kioni said.

    After the MP set the record straight, he thanked Mudavadi for having the patience to ask the facts of the matter instead of admonishing him. 

    “The person who should be ashamed is the one who lied that Jeremiah Kioni never voted for me yet they were not in that polling station.

    “A number of you believed the lie, shame on you,” he turned to his fellow politicians and continued; “That is what we should get rid of in Kenya, believing in lies.”