Kalonzo Musyoka campaigns in Ukambani excite voters

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka

Kalonzo Musyoka’s detractors who include the respected law professor Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana have in the past dismissed the former vice president as a “spent force” who should now retire

By The Weekly Vision Online

Flip-flopping Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, of the Water Melon fame, has hit the ground running, telling his supporters in Ukambani that he is the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) presidential flag-bearer in next year’s poll.

Mr Musyoka, a former vice president has kept fighting the “Watermelon” stigma and “running-mate” obsession, his critics say his Wiper party remains in his “briefcase” only reactivated when elections are around the corner. Mr Musyoka’s detractors who include the respected law professor Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana have in the past dismissed the former vice president as a “spent force” who should now retire.

Prof. Kibwana is supported by a former government spokesman, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua. Mr Mutua is also a presidential aspirant in 2022 and the two are urging the Kamba people to turn a “new leaf” by ditching Kalonzo Musyoka. Many political watchers perceive Kalonzo Musyoka to be angling for a “running-mate” vacancy in the 2022 race as his WIPER party can’t bankroll a presidential campaign.

Many have not forgotten his pledge to President Uhuru Kenyatta after the 2018 handshake truce with Raila Odinga. Musyoka who was running-mate to Odinga vowed to be “Uhuru’s mutu wa mkono” warning any detractor to cross his path at his peril.

In 2011, as ICC cases against Uhuru-Ruto picked momentum Kalonzo was overheard bragging “in vernacular” that the two would be jailed leaving him to take over the government

Kalonzo made the “embarrassing” pledge at a Makueni rally as a relaxed President Kenyatta smiled and cheered but to many people in ukambani it was an utter humiliation for their kingpin reducing himself to “mutu wa mkono”.

But discerning watchers say the political bromance with Uhuru did not go “unrewarded”! There have been claims that the government had taken care of a huge medical bill incurred by Kalonzo’s ailing wife abroad.

There were more goodies for the Wiper boss as Uhuru’s “peace ambassador”, he is also Seychelles diplomatic attaché in Nairobi thanks to warm ties with the government. But for the Kamba who in 2013-2017 voted almost to a man for Raila Odinga opposition CORD-NASA flagships, Kalonzo remains a big disappointment. They have widely written him off as becoming president in Kenya any time soon.  

While VP in 2011, as ICC cases against Uhuru-Ruto picked momentum Kalonzo was overheard bragging “in vernacular” that the two would be jailed leaving him to take over the government! The man was even on hand to receive the two ICC-inductees at JKIA.

It soon became certain that Kalonzo had badly miscalculated that the two would “back” him to succeed Kibaki in 2013 as they served “jail terms” at ICC! This was to be a costly mistake that would see a frustrated Kalonzo ditch Kibaki, Uhuru and Ruto, for Odinga in the 2013 hotly contested polls. It’s now apparent that he backed the wrong horse, losing to Jubilee the political alliance of the ICC suspects!

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