I won’t quit politics just for benefits, says Kalonzo


FORMER Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday said he would not retire from politics just to get his benefits from the government.

Jubilee MPs have sworn not to pass the Retirement Benefits Bill for both former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Kalonzo until they quit politics for good.

“I am still young and eager to continue being in politics. My priority now is to ensure full implementation of devolution which I am sure will go a long way in eradicating poverty in our country,” said Kalonzo.He was paying a courtesy call to Machakos governor Alfred Mutua.

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He said that he will remain politically active to strengthen his Wiper party Kalonzo and that he did not need the money as he had volunteered to serve Kenyans.

He said Wiper will unveil its senatorial candidate  for Makueni next week.He declined to confirm that it would be Kethi Kilonzo, the daughter of the former senator, the late Mutula Kilonzo.

“You are aware that Kethi is a meticulous person and we cannot do things haphazardly,” Kalonzo said.Kalonzo will tour Makueni county next week and unveil the candidate.

Last weekend Machakos senator Johnson Muthama and Makueni MPs at Malivani primary school in Makueni insisted that Kethi would be Wiper’s candidate.

Kalonzo was speaking at the offices of Machakos governor Alfred Mutua where he paid a courtesy call and held discussions with the governor and his executive committee.

Kalonzo lashed out MPs who are intending to bring up a motion in parliament to abolish the senate.

“We should be thinking of strengthening the senate and the national assembly to check the executive. The only way the senate could be abolished is through a referendum,” Musyoka said.

He urged Kitui county to move fast and start exploiting its large reserves of coal to achieve meaningful economic growth.HE expressed concern over pollution of Athi river adding that his foundation had now embarked on a clean up exercise.

He added that he recently met investors in China who would visit next month to look at investing in Machakos county.Others who attended the function were deputy governor Bernard Kiala, county speaker Bernard Mung’ata, county minister for Finance, Elizabeth Nzioka, Larry Wambua (Agriculture), Faith Kithu (Tourism and Culture), East Africa Legislative Assembly member Peter Mathuki, and Machakos county women representative Susan Musyoka.

– the-star.co.ke

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