Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr has warned that denying Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka the running mate slot at Azimio la Umoja risks destabilizing the coalition.
As such, Kilonzo Jnr insisted that Kalonzo must be ODM leader Raila Odinga’s running mate in the August 9 General Elections since he decided to abandon his presidential ambitions to support Raila.
Speaking on Saturday, March 19, the senator argued that it is only fair that the Wiper leader deputises Raila for showing support in the previous years.
“We as Wiper members have fought so hard for Kalonzo to be a presidential candidate, as agreed in the 2017 deal
“But because Kalonzo loves Kenya, he accepted Raila to be the presidential candidate. For that reason, we are asking he be given the running mate slot,” Kilonzo Jnr said.
Kilonzo Jnr stated that failure to have Kalonzo as Raila’s running mate will destabilize the coalition, adding that it would be hard for Wiper to drum up support for Azimio la Umoja in Ukambani.
“There would be a problem… We have nothing to tell the community and the people who support Wiper. That’s it, for Kalonzo to forfeit the presidency for the third time, it must be accounted for something,” he said.
This comes barely a month after Kalonzo asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to honour a presidential deal the two struck in 2017 where Raila would be the presidential candidate in 2017 and then Kalonzo would be the flagbearer in 2022.
Kalonzo wanted Raila to let him contest for the country’s top seat, adding that he breached their agreement by accepting to be ODM’s presidential candidate.
“This agreement will remain valid until the 2022 elections whether or not NASA wins the 2017 Presidential elections. Principal H (Raila) agrees to serve one term and publicly endorse Principal Q (Kalonzo) as a presidential candidate for 2022.
“For Odinga to accept to be the ODM flag bearer he has performed an irreparable material breach of the contract,” Kalonzo told journalists.
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