A flip-flopping Kalonzo Musyoka sends mixed signals ahead of the 2022 Presidential race

To run or not, Kalonzo Musyoka is still drifting in the high seas

By Ken Wafula in Nairobi

Former vice president Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka is still drifting in indecision, yet time is running for him to decide whether or not to contest for the 2022 presidential elections. Just a few days ago at the funeral of former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile, he had urged Raila Odinga and Charity Ngilu to revive NASA. 

The NASA coalition almost ran away with the top prize in 2017 giving Uhuru-Ruto a run for their money. But even before a day had passed, Kalonzo was on his Twitter handle, making a declaration he would not support “anybody” for the presidency or be a running mate. Earlier at a NASA function before the 2017 poll, he declared he would “support Odinga to death” yet failed to show up at Raila’s controversial January 31 2018 mock swearing as the “Peoples President!” at Uhuru Park. 

Whether he runs in 2022 or not, Kalonzo’s decisions are likely to be of little consequence as an epic snowball into a two-horse race between four times presidential contender Odinga, and his former ally turned foe DP William Ruto

As Odinga and COTU boss Francis Atwoli dubbed Kalonzo and other NASA luminaries Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi, as cowards, the former VP said he could not have agreed to take part in an act of “treason” as senior counsel.

With fresh revelations that the Jubilee party has agreed with ODM to field a joint presidential candidate in the 2022 contest, Kalonzo remains on the horns of the dilemma. Now almost 70, age is not exactly on the side of late Moi’s blue-eyed boy lawyer-turned politician. Kalonzo first cut his political teeth straight from law class through the clownish maestro and kamba king maker now long dead, Mulu Mutisya.

Despite being illiterate, Mutisya made a fortune playing court jester for founding President Jomo Kenyatta and later Daniel Moi. In return, Kenyatta and Moi rewarded the clown with a massive wealth including acres of prime land.

Mutisya introduced the “born-again” Kalonzo Musyoka to Moi in the early 1980s, he later becomes MP and served in the cabinet as minister for foreign affairs and education. Now he is among the longest-serving MPs and ministers, but the presidency has remained elusive as he attempts to achieve what Zambia’s diminutive former president Fred Chiluba a born-again Christian, managed when he defeated long-serving, Kenneth Kaunda, in 1997, Kaunda has since died aged 97.

The man who first threw his hat in the ring for the presidency in 2007 but came a distant third has kept flip-flopping, to run or not to run. After mending fences with Uhuru following bitterly divisive and acrimonious elections in 2017, Kalonzo declared he would be the presidents “mutu wa mkono” annoying many of his supporters who wondered how a presidential aspirant could “stoop so low”.

Whether he runs in 2022 or not, Kalonzo’s decisions are likely to be of little consequence as an epic snowball into a two-horse race between four times presidential contender Odinga, and his former ally turned foe DP William Ruto. 

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