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March 21, 2018

Raila shortchanging Kalonzo, no direct NASA ticket for 2022 - Mutua

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua addresses the public at Kakuyuni Market in Kangundo sub-county where he launched campaigns for President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the October 17 poll, September 13, 2017. /GEORGE OWITI
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua addresses the public at Kakuyuni Market in Kangundo sub-county where he launched campaigns for President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the October 17 poll, September 13, 2017. /GEORGE OWITI

NASA and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga have shortchanged Wiper chief Kalonzo Musyoka, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has said.

Mutua said the Opposition coalition’s deputy presidential candidate will not get a direct ticket for the top seat in 2022.

He said on Wednesday that Kalonzo will instead be subjected to nominations for the position.

Mutua addressed the public at Kakuyuni town in Kangundo and Tala town in Matungulu sub-counties where he launched campaigns for President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

“With Western Kenya having a larger voting block than Eastern, the most likely candidate for NASA presidential candidate in 2022 is Musalia Mudavadi,” said Mutua.

ON Wednesday, NASA principal Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya) denied claims Mudavadi (Amani National Congress) had left the coalition.

Chama Cha Mashinani's Isaac Rutto returned to the ruling coalition after losing the Bomet Governor seat to Joyce Laboso. Former Meru Governor Peter Munya lasted barely a day in the coalition before meeting and announcing he will work with Uhuru and DP William Ruto. 

In March, Mudavadi distanced himself from calls by Wiper leaders for NASA talks to respect the Cord agreement.

The MoU demanded that Raila supports Kalonzo's presidential bid after serving the first term. It brought together Raila, Kalonzo and Wetang'ula, but Raila did not win the 2013 election.

More on this: Weta announces NASA Dandora rally, says Mudavadi has not quit

Also read: Mudavadi distances self from Raila-Kalonzo MoU, says he was not part of deal

For the 2017 election, the flagbearer will not be allowed to run in 2022, and will instead endorse one of the other Pentagon members.

Read more: NASA agrees on how to form government


Mutua said the best option for Ukambani residents is to re-elect Uhuru who will return the favor in 2022 by mobilising Central Kenya votes so he can take over.

He reiterated his commitment to contest for the presidency after Uhuru finishes his second and final term.

Ruto wants to succeed Uhuru and others who may be in the race are Munya, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Kilifi's Amason Kingi.

Read: Uhuru secretly supports Gideon for 2022 despite Ruto pledge

Also read: It's me or Joho for president in 2022, Kingi says at inauguration

Mutua, who is Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader, said that this time round, Uhuru will get more votes than he did in the August 8 vote.

The Governor said majority of Kenyans want the fresh presidential election conducted on October 17 as scheduled by IEBC so they can move on.

He said postponing the poll as NASA leaders have demanded will require more funds and resources that need to be channeled to funding development projects.

Mutua expressed confidence Uhuru will recapture the seat albeit the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate his victory.

“The court invalidated the poll on grounds of irregularities and illegalities in the process but not the numbers of votes Uhuru garnered on August 8."

More on this: 'Hata wewe ungesikia aje?' Uhuru admits Supreme Court ruling left him 'really angry'




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