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Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 11:55 EATdmutua@kenyafreepress.com
Wiper Democratic Movement party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has missed two events attended by his NASA partners over the last three days, signifying his growing estrangement from the rest amid warnings by his Ukambani allies that a move from the coalition would be ‘suicidal’.
Mr Musyoka missed the burial of Vihiga senator George Khaniri’s mother in Hamisi on Saturday, and then was conspicuously absent at the defection of former cabinet minister Sam Ongeri in Kisii yesterday. Snubbing the Vihiga event, Mr Musyoka went to campaign for his party’s candidates in Mombasa.
While campaigning in Kisauni, Mr Musyoka said that he was the best candidate to take Jubilee home in the August elections. “I am the best suited candidate to lead the country and clean up the mess that Uhuru and Ruto have put the country in," said Mr Musyoka in Mombasa on Sunday.
On start of Coast counties tour in arguing citizens to register as voters, Mr Musyoka asked his National Super Alliance (NASA) colleagues to allow him to be its flag-bearer, a theme he repeated throughout the circut.
On his coastal rally, Mr Musyoka was accompanied by Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar. Mr Musyoka further said a deal on how Mr Omar, who is eyeing the gubernatorial seat and his rival Nyali MP Hezron Awiti will be sealed soon. The two are battling for the Wiper ticket in nominations.
Wiper has been gaining prominence in Mombasa although all MCAs were elected on ODM ticket. However, a number of the MCAs have switched to Wiper for fear of anomalies in ODM primaries. Mr Musyoka described the row between ODM and Wiper in Mombasa as “sibling rivalry,” adding that there was no cause for alarm.
His absence from the events will raise questions about the Wiper leader's commitment to the alliance at a time Ukambani senators Mutula Kilonzo Jr, Johnstone Muthama and David Musila have been urging him to remain firm in the coalition.