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Will Kalonzo Musyoka bolt out of CORD and go it alone?

It is likely, therefore, that Kalonzo may opt out of CORD, or even the new alliance, should he miss the presidential ticket especially with Raila Odinga being considered the favourite candidate

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 10 Dec 2016 18:40 EAT

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka. (Photo: Free Press Repoter).

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka is under pressure from his handlers and close allies to ditch CORD and go it alone. But would Mr Musyoka bow to such pressure aware that chances of him winning alone without a coalition of other parties are slim? CORD leaders and political watching are waiting for Tuesday December 13 when Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya will hold its National Delegates Congress where a major pronouncement will be made on the party's direction towards the 2017 general elections.

Already, Mr Musyoka has said that he would not cede his push for the presidential ticket to new entrants, adding that he has sacrificed a lot for the coalition. “I have sacrificed a lot, for very many years and it is time that my coalition co-principals supported my bid. I want to assure my supporters that never again will Kalonzo be out of government,” he said while campaigning in Mombasa.

A section of Wiper leaders, including the party chair David Musila, have faulted ODM’s recent push for the candidacy of ODM leader Raila Odinga, saying Mr Musyoka is better placed to lead the coalition to victory. Mr Musila has hit out at ODM over recent reports that they may be contemplating going it alone in the 2017 elections, saying they too have other options to consider.

There has also been talks from the Ukambani region that Mr Musyoka may be looking for a way out of CORD with some stating he could be joining Jubilee. Deputy President William Ruto, during his tour of Machakos, said he would welcome the Wiper leader to Jubilee, claiming CORD had nothing to offer the Ukambani people.

Whereas Mr Musyoka has repeatedly declared his commitment to stay in CORD, he has in recent weeks been insisting that he would be the best candidate for CORD. Some CORD leaders believe the Wiper Party leader might be replaying the act he did in 2007 when he was part of the opposition ODM only to bolt out in the last minute.


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