Mr Kalonzo Kalonzo, Kenya’s former vice president under President Mwai Kibaki 2007-2012, is no stranger to political wheeling and dealing in Kenya’s corridors of power. Like the other aspirants, central Kenya is now the proverbial flower that attracts bees from near and far
Flip-flopping Wiper party boss Kalonzo Musyoka is planning to name his presidential running mate from Central Kenya, just like what Musalia Mudavadi did in the 2013 elections when he picked Jeremiah Kioni as his running mate.
Kalonzo Musyoka insists his name must be on the presidential ballot and has been dangling a carrot at the iron lady from Kirinyaga County Anne Waiguru who recently appeared to have quit the Uhuru-Raila.
Widely described as ‘Water Melon” for his constantly shifting political positions, Kalonzo is no longer the undisputed regional kingpin of the Akamba nation
Mr Kalonzo Kalonzo, Kenya’s former vice president under President Mwai Kibaki 2007-2012, is no stranger to political wheeling and dealing in Kenya’s corridors of power. Like the other aspirants, central Kenya is now the proverbial flower that attracts bees from near and far, well aware the region that has produced three of Kenya’s four presidents in the last 60 years has no serious presidential candidate in 2022.
Many have written off Jimmy Wanjigi’s candidature as a “gadfly” beating the proverbial drums of a man who has lost direction in the middle of a political wilderness. As Moi would have told Jimmy Wanjigi who is trying to do where even angels fear to tread, challenging Raila Odinga, “ODM iko na wenyewe” maybe he would spare himself a lot of trouble and resources ‘chasing the wind.”
Musyoka who at one time told mourners that NASA would be revived was later seen speaking on Live TV about a new formation called One Kenya Alliance, before later bolting out of the stables and declaring he would vie for the 2022 presidency on his own.
Widely described as ‘Water Melon” for his constantly shifting political positions, Kalonzo is no longer the undisputed regional kingpin of the Akamba nation. The region in 2013-2017 voted overwhelmingly for the then NASA opposition. New kids on the block have taken centre stage and include Machakos Governor Mutua and Makueni’s Prof. Kivutha Kibwana have already deflated Kalonzo’s 2022 ambitions and their presence on the ballot in 2022 would indeed have grave consequences for the man from Tseikuru village.
Kalonzo is calculating and plans to “dangle” carrots at Governor Waiguru who has recently declared her “options for 2022 remain open” read she is ready to join any promising coalition that can produce results. How successful Kalonzo will be considering the lukewarm support he enjoys in Mount Kenya remains a wait and see affair but many say he is chasing the wind.
Having been Kibaki’s VP, some of his supporters have accused Mount Kenya of failing to ‘return a favour” arguing that the wiper boss stood with Kibaki at his hour of distress when the 2007 post-election violence claiming 1350 lives was at its peak. Kalonzo followers claim Kibaki should have endorsed his deputy as he stepped down in 2012 adding that central voters would always choose their own.
How far the flip-flopping with carrots will go down in central Kenya is still a wait and see in elections that are now 10 months away.
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