Kalonzo takes Wiper gospel to Mt Kenya region in hunt for votes
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka will be landing in Mt Kenya with a strong message the region owes him a political debt for supporting retired President Mwai Kibaki during his second term.
Kalonzo hinted that he will be seeking to undo deputy president William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s influence when he tours the regions in the coming months maintaining he is the best bet for the 2022 presidency.
Kalonzo, who accepted to be Kibaki’s vice-president after the disputed 2007 presidential election under the Grand Coalition government, said his decision saved the country from chaos.
Addressing delegates at a Mombasa hotel at the weekend, the Wiper Party leader said the outfit will hold meetings in Kirinyaga and Murang’a counties to stamp his authority in the region.
“Tutaenda kukumbusha watu wa central-Kenya,nani alimsaidia Kibaki zaidi kwenye serikali yake ambaye ni mimi. I will personally go there and remind the central people, the role I played in helping Kenya’s third president in the coalition government,” Kalonzo said.
He said people have been branding him all manner of insults but he was still strong and will continue fight corruption and champion good governance.
Kalonzo called upon electorate to stop worshipping corrupt individuals and that time was ripe for the county to elect a lawyer as president.
“Some people are saying Bottom Up –side ways, but what is ailing this country is not bad leadership. It is corruption,” he said.
ODM chief Raila Odinga’s allies last week told a gathering in Muranga that the populous region owes him a debt for endorsing Kibaki in the 2002 polls.
Kalonzo has advised co-principals in the National Super Alliance (Nasa) against going to court over their share of the political parties’ fund.
Kalonzo said the matter can be solved out of court if party leaders meet and discuss, days after Musyoka announced Wiper party exit from the former NASA coalition.
“I was given a mandate with all my colleagues to initiate talks with Raila Odinga on the funds; it was negotiated in accordance with the detailed guidelines on power shearing signed by all principals, I will strongly advise against any attempt of going to court.” He welcomed the decision by Nasa affiliates to pull out of the alliance.