News Hub Creator 09/10/2021
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been under pressure for some time now to follow a specific political route in next year's presidential contest, it has been revealed.
The leader has said that he will he stopping at nothing in his bid to have his name in the presidential ballot, even as fresh details suggest that there are efforts to prevent this.
Makueni MP Dan Maanzo says that the leader is under pressure from some quarters to drop his bid and support ODM leader Raila Odinga, whose bid is also in the public domain.
The MP, however, told The Star that even so, as his allies they are against him supporting Raila again, after doing the same twice, and have already made that clear to him.
“I just want to tell those people who are lobbying for Raila to be supported again by Kalonzo to know that it will not happen. The community has said no. Not again,” he said.
This is as it emerges that the two leaders have been in talks for about two months, a possible 2022 deal that even their closest allies have been kept out of.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior said that these rumours are indeed there, even as he maintained that he is not aware of what the two leaders are up to.
The revelation comes only two days after another section of Kalonzo allies from Ukambani warned that they will abandon him if he dares support Raila again.
Led by Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, they also warned the former Vice President that their people will never forgive him if he rallies behind Raila for the third time.
"Should our party leader ever make the decision to support the Rt Hon Raila Amolo Odinga for the presidency, we respectfully assure him of two very painful outcomes,” they said in a statement.
The new talks, a senior Wiper official told the paper, are being held at the party leader level, and if successful, could hand Raila the close to 2 million votes from Lower Eastern.
The claims come amid others that President Uhuru Kenyatta has also been trying to rally Kalonzo and the entire OKA coalition to back the former Premier's fifth presidential bid.