Join Uhuru, Jubilee leaders tell Kalonzo after Raila pulls out of poll


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A file photo of Deputy President William Ruto, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and President Uhuru Kenyatta after a meeting at Norfolk hotel. /CHARLES KIMANI

Jubilee leaders have told Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to join the ruling party and form the next government.

They said NASA leader Raila Odinga is misleading Kalonzo and the Kamba community is losing because of their continued support for the Opposition.

Huko kwetu tunajua yeye (Kalonzo) ni mzee muungwana tena ni mzee wa kanisa. Si tukimaliza hii ya Uhuru, Kalonzo arudi nyumbani ashike steering na Ruto,” former Turbo MP Elisha Busienie said.

This translates to: “We know Kalonzo is a man of good deeds and a church elder. Once we re-elect [President Uhuru Kenyatta], we will welcome Kalonzo back to Jubilee and they can pair with [DP William] Ruto in 2022.”

They spoke during Jubilee campaigns in Ikanga, Ukambani on Tuesday.

Nominated MP Maina Kamanda said Kitui residents have not taken part in NASA demonstrations for reforms at IEBC.

“Let those demonstrating in Kisumu vandalise their own infrastructure. If they try to vandalise anything in Nairobi, we the Kamandas are there to protect our property,” the MP said.

Kitui South MP Rachel Nyamai asked residents to shun Raila for failing to present himself in person unlike Uhuru and Ruto who have repeatedly visited the area.

She said Opposition leaders are only interested in misusing youths to cause chaos and destabilise the government.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto have in the past asked Kalonzo to join them, saying he is watsing his time in the Opposition.

Uhuru made the offer in July, just days after the NASA Deputy President hopeful said he cannot join the “sinking ship” that is Jubilee Party.

Raila has pulled out of the October 26 repeat election and called for fresh polls. Kalonzo was to be his running mate in the election.

The Opposition said the decision is in Kenya’s interest and is a “win-win” for everyone.

It has called for countrywide demonstrations against the IEBC for the removal of CEO Ezra Chiloba.

Raila said his withdrawal requires the commission chaired by Wafula Chebukati to conduct fresh nominations as provided for in Elections Act 2011, Section 13 (1).

The provision states: “A political party shall nominate its candidates for an election under this act at least ninety days before a general election under this Act in accordance with its constitution rules.”

Fresh nominations will allow other candidates, such as Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot, to join the race.

In his statement, Raila also said IEBC has stonewalled meaningful deliberations on necessary reforms to ensure the election is free and fair.


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