Kalonzo and Muthama clash at rally as Kamba unity comes into sharp focus
Confusion marred a Wiper rally at Sultan Hamud in Makueni County on Friday when the party leader Kalonzo Musyoka lost his cool and gave a dressing down to Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama and other party leaders whom he accused of causing divisions in his backyard.
And in a fit of anger, Muthama and his followers stormed out of the rally and immediately left for Nairobi thereby missing out on two subsequent rallies planned for Emali and Mtito Andei.
On Saturday the concluded a two day series of rallies along Mombasa Road aimed at drumming up support for Kalonzo’s presidential bid and consolidate support in Ukambani.
During the charged rally at Sultan Hamud, Muthama seemed to have courted Kalonzo’s ire when he robustly attacked Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana who was not present.
In an unsavoury language, Muthama riled at Kibwana describing his Muungano party as a spoiler and a nonstarter. He urged the governor to fold the party and join Wiper or be swept away in the next elections.
“Tunataka kumwambia (we want to tell him) If he does not join Wiper, kitaumana moja kwa moja. (It will be tough for him). As we campaign do you want to hear about a party whose origin is not known?” Muthama asked the crowd.
The senator said the Kamba community should identify only with Wiper and urged Kibwana and Ngilu to fold their “smaller parties.”
Kalonzo who was seated with senators David Musila (Kitui), Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni) and MPs Daniel Maanzo (Makueni) and Rose Museo (Woman Rep) and who has been courting Kibwana seemed visibly unsettled by the utterances and wasted no time in blasting Muthama.
When he stood to speak, a visibly angry Kalonzo insisted his tour was meant to unite the Kamba community adding that he will not tolerate voices meant to divide the community.
“I want to disagree with you Muthama. On this I totally disagree. Don’t create more divisions on my trip because we have come to unite the people. It is true we all want to be in one party but you can’t do it by insulting or intimidating others. Let’s plead with them to see sense why they should join us,” Kalonzo stated.
And in what appeared to be stamping his authority, Kalonzo said he had the final word in Wiper adding that he was the only one carrying the vision of the party.
He defended Kibwana against accusations that his Muungano party was working with Jubilee and revealed that he was in talks with the governor to join Wiper.
“Muungano is not in Jubilee. Let’s plead with them to join us. I want to consolidate the Ukambani votes, none should go outside,” he noted.
Kalonzo’s comments seemed to have angered Muthama, a key ally, who left in a huff.
Governor Kibwana has in the past suggested that he would request Kalonzo to leave out Muthama and Kitui Senator David Musila from his rallies in Makueni County saying the two leaders had no courtesy and were out to bully.
The governor has indicated that he supports Kalonzo’s bid for presidency in 2017 saying among his Cord peers, he is the most credible candidate.
Two days ago, Musila who is the Wiper chairman announced that the party will field a gubernatorial candidate to compete against Kibwana.
Musila claimed that the party was countering Kibwana’s alleged decision to field one of his executive to run against Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr.
“Since Kibwana has decided to front a candidate against our friend Mutula Junior, we are telling him Wiper will sponsor a candidate against him come 2017,” Musila said. County Health executive Andrew Mulwa has announced his bid for Makueni senate seat.
During a series of rallies at Sultan Hamud, Emali, Mtito Andei, Voi and Taita Taveta, Kalonzo said he was the best suited candidate to defeat Jubilee administration and urged his Cord Co principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula to back him.
The Wiper leader said he was ready to support any of his co principals but added that he would do so if he was assured they would win.
“I have no problem supporting any of my colleagues but they must assure me they can win. However Kenyans know that if I get the ticket, Jubilee will go home, that is why I offer myself as the best candidate,” Kalonzo said. Senator Mutula Jnr said Wiper will produce the next president in 2017.
Kalonzo who was later joined by the party’s secretary general Hassan Omar at Taita Taveta yesterday, blamed the Jubilee administration for what he called run away corruption and failure to unite Kenyans.
He said he had started a robust movement that will seek the support of all Kenyans including at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard.
“I want to send a warning to Jubilee administration; they have been unable to fight corruption, they have been reluctant to undertake development projects, they have failed to unite Kenyans. We will remove them from office and I assure you my government will address those issues,” Kalonzo said.
The former VP sharply hit out at Deputy President William Ruto describing him as an irredeemably corrupt leader who needed prayers.
“Last time Ruto was in Makueni said I needed prayers. He is the most corrupt leader and is the one who needs prayers,” Kalonzo remarked. He added that Kenyans will not accept a stolen election in 2017, saying nobody should be allowed to play with the destiny of Kenyans.
He condemned the move by Jubilee government to pull troops from Southern Sudan rather than Somalia.
The Wiper leader lamented that in the past leaders rode on his popularity to win political seats only to ditch and insult him.
“I’m tired of being used as toilet paper by selfish people. This is a serious warning, it will never happen again,” Kalonzo stated, in remarks interpreted to be directed to MPs who ditched Wiper for jubilee.
He assured of free and fair nominations.