2022 POLITICS

Kamba leaders threaten to abandon Kalonzo if he backs Raila presidency

Kalonzo's allies have termed 'wild speculation', reports he intends to be Raila's running mate.

In Summary

• Mulu said a Raila-Kalonzo ticket would mean ‘doing the same thing the same way and expecting a different result.”

• Kalonzo was Raila’s running mate in both the 2013 and 2017 General Elections.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is walking a tight political rope after his allies from Ukambani threatened to abandon him if he backs ODM boss Raila Odinga for President in next year's election.

Led by Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, the legislators warned Kalonzo against any plans to support Raila, saying he would be a lonely man in such a journey.

“Should our party leader ever make the decision to support the Rt. Hon Raila Amolo Odinga for presidency, we respectfully assure him of two very painful outcomes,” they said in a statement read by Wambua.

Other leaders at the press briefing were Irene Kasalu (Kitui Woman Representative), Dan Maanzo (Makueni), Makai Mulu (Kitui Central), Edith Nyenze (Kitui West) and Danson Mwashako (Wundanyi).

They reiterated that he will not only walk the journey alone, but his Kamba community and other supporters across the country will ‘never forgive him'.

However, Kalonzo’s lieutenants denied any talks between him and Raila, saying they should ‘put to rest wild speculations’ that their party leader was considering deputizing Raila in 2022.

“What we are saying that our people are saying is Kalonzo cannot support Raila again. We can support any other person within OKA but not Raila,” Wambua said.

The leaders said that the Kamba nation was firmly behind OKA and persuaded the principals to reject any plot to divide them.

“Encourage our principals to stand firmly together and fight off any attempt, explicit and or veiled by any person to divide them,” the statement reads.

Mulu said a Raila-Kalonzo ticket would mean ‘doing the same thing the same way and expecting a different result.”

“What our people are saying is that they don’t have anything personal against Raila, but what they are saying is they have supported Raila two times but nothing has happened,” Mulu said.

Kalonzo was Raila’s running mate in both the 2013 and 2017 General Elections.

Raila lost the two elections to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

 

Edited by CM