Elated Kalonzo makes a promise in his rally with Raila
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has declared full support for Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the upcoming August 9 polls.
Speaking in Embaksi, he said that he took a one-week political recess, which was accompanied with prayers from tens of clergies across the country.
"It is much joy for me. For the third time, I have decided to shelve my dreams and say Raila tosha," Kalonzo said.
He promised that if they win the polls in August, their government would uphold constitutionalism, by ensuring that every Kenyan has a place to live in.
"I was here when demolitions happened (in Mukuru kwa Njenga slums). The government that we will form will uphold the fundamental rights for the Kenyan citizen. The right to decent shelter is a guaranteed right under the 2010 Constitution. I Kalonzo Musyoka will not watch people having their homes demolished without being given alternative shelter. That's a promise," he said.
This was the first rally the Wiper Party leader held alongside Raila Odinga and Azimio running mate Martha Karua hours after the former Vice President announced his return to Azimio.
"I have since concluded and came to the realization that the future of Kenya is indeed squarely on our shoulders. Thus, I have, with deep humility and appreciation, accepted the nomination to be the Chief Minister in the Azimio government," he said on Thursday morning.
The former Vice President left the Azimio la Umoja two weeks ago to contest for Presidency after Raila appointed Martha Karua as his running mate.
“We have agreed to go separate ways with Azimio La Umoja and compare notes as we do so. I wish Raila Odinga's running mate Martha Karua well,” he said while leaving Azimio in May.
He has been promised the Prime Cabinet Secretary position if Azimio wins the presidency in August.
Azimio is complete
Speaking during the rally, Raila said the Azimio team was complete after Kalonzo and Gideon Moi rejoined it.
"The Azimio team is now complete and we are ready to face the Kenya Kwisha team. We will compete with them like never before," he said.
Raila said the Azimio team will liberate Kenya.
"We have moved this journey with Kalonzo. Last time, we arrived at the Red Sea, but we did not cross to Canan. We will now reach there," Raila said during a political rally in Mukuru Kwa Njenga.
In the 2013 and 2017 general elections, he shelved his presidential ambitions to support Raila, although, in both elections, which were disputed in court, they lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
After the 2017 elections which were nullified, Raila swore himself as the People's President, but Kalonzo was missing in action, even as Raila loyalists branded him as a coward and a traitor.
He had vowed to run in the August 2022 general elections but has for the third time shelved his ambitions to support Raila.
After he dramatically withdrew from Azimio, Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Kibwana reaffirmed their resolve to stay.
Ngilu has offered herself as the perfect candidate for the chief minister’s post if the Wiper leader rejects it.
“I have not asked for any single position since I joined Azimio. I know the power of a chief minister in a government, who on earth can decline such a position and opt to perish in opposition?” she asked.
Raila's team will now face William Ruto-led team, which has Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as the running mate.