Sonko to join Cord if Kalonzo named flag bearer


Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka talking to Nairobi senator Mike Sonko during the burial ceremony of Mavoko MP father.Photo/courtesy

Mike Sonko will join the opposition if wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is named the 2017 presidential flag bearer .

The Nairobi senator who is a member of Jubilee said Kalonzo was among leaders who traversed the country with him in 2012 and could vouch for him.

“For the sake of our community, leaders must unite, I traversed the country with Kalonzo. Even now I am ready as long as he is the flag bearer of Cord,” he said.

Sonko was speaking during the burial of the father of Mavoko MP Patrick Makau in Ngelani, Machakos County. John Kingo’ola died at the age of 75 years.

Minority leader Francis Nyenze urged the coalition partners to give Kalonzo a chance to lead the coalition.

But Johnstone Muthama (Machakos Senator) and James Orengo (Siaya) accused Nyenze of missing in the struggle for change in the country.

The two said it was unfair for some leaders to ignite political temperatures within the coalition yet they do not make efforts to join the leaders in the struggle for a better country.

Orengo said the three principals have committed to support whoever among them will emerge as the flag bearer.

Kalonzo assured supporters that the Party will conduct free nomination devoid of interference from any quarters.

“I urge you to remain steadfast in the Party, we will this time round make all efforts to conduct free and fair nominations and in good time, ” he said.

Kalonzo said the opposition is united for a purpose and that there should not be speculations whatsoever.

“Leaders have made sentiments here over the Coalition matters, we need not speculate, the unity of purpose of the CORD coalition is paramount” he added.

On April 12, Cord leader Raila Odinga indicated that he does not consider himself the automatic flag bearer of the coalition.

Both Raila’s co-principals in Cord, Kalonzo and Moses Wetangula, believe that they should be the presidential candidate in 2017.

But Raila’s supporters consider him the obvious choice.

The Star established that Kalonzo has been sending emissaries — especially Raila’s closest allies — to dissuade him from running since they say his candidacy may not be supported by a majority of Kenyans.

Raila has all but declared, while not officially throwing his hat into the ring. Kalonzo has not formally declared, though Wiper is pushing him. Wetang’ula has declared he’s in the race.

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