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Monday, 03 Oct 2016 19:03 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Several MPs from Ukambani region who defected to Jubilee Party now want former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka to ditch the opposition and join the ruling coalition. The MPs, who spoke at Mutituni in Machakos County on Sunday, said the Wiper Party leader had lost all his political glory by working with the opposition and challenged him to lead the way in pulling the Kamba community out of opposition politics.
During the function which was also attended by Deputy President William Ruto, the MPs who included Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Itwiku Mbai (Masinga), Regina Ndambuki (Kilome) and Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni), said Kalonzo stod a good chance of becoming the fifth of president of Kenya.
“We want the Wiper party leader to come to the realization that the CORD coalition and particularly Raila Odinga is not keen to surrender his candidature to any other person,” said Hon. Munyao. He asserted that Kalonzo and Raila had a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to the effect that the former PM would support Kalonzo for the presidency, which Raila showed no signs of adhering to.
“The decision we as a community will take today will determine whether the community will be in government or in the opposition come next year’s general election,” said Mr Munyao.
His sentiments were echoed by MPs Munyaka, Musyoka, Ms Ndambuki and Mbai who said Kalonzo was being offered a raw deal in Cord coalition. “Not again shall we as a community line up to cast votes that will lead us to nowhere. We must ensure we are in the next government after the next election,” said Dr Munyaka.
Kalonzo has been fighting to consolidate his lower Eastern support base, after some eleven MPs elected on his party announced their defection to Jubilee. The former VP, who is a co-principal in the opposition coalition, has been battling to secure the coalition’s ticket for the upcoming presidential election. But Odinga and Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula have also been laying claim on the same position.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.