Kalonzo reveals he was to be picked as OKA presidential flagbearer, Mudavadi his running mate
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) had already reached a power-sharing agreement before his Amani National Congress (ANC) counterpart Musalia Mudavadi bolted out.
Kalonzo said under the deal, he would have been the coalition’s presidential candidate with Mudavadi as the running mate.
He would then have served for only five years and backed Mudavadi, in the event that they won the election.
“Kama ndugu hawa wawili waliniacha mimi na Gideon Moi, hakuna ubaya, I wish them luck. And I want to tell you mimi nilikuwa tayari kumpatia ndugu Musalia Mudavadi deputy president wa Kalonzo Musyoka…nilikuwa tayari, na tulikuwa tumeongea na hao wengine tukaelewana, Gideon Moi hakuwa na problem, Weta hakuwa na problem, sasa ata sijui huko ameenda atapatiwa nini,” said Kalonzo at a rally in Makueni on Friday.
Kalonzo added that they had also agreed that he would be a one-term president to allow his running mate to take over the mantle in the second term.
“Nilikuwa nimepropose, mimi at 68 nataka tu kurekebisha Kenya and hand over to the youth, after five years nilikuwa tayari nimwambie ndugu Mudavadi I will now support you openly so that we also can show Kenyans kunaweza kuwa viongozi whose word is their bond,” he said.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, on his part, said: “Kuna majamaa wawili, mmoja anaitwa Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, mwingine anaitwa Prof. Makau Mutua…hawa profesa wawili waliweka sahihi 2017 wakisema Raila atasupport Kalonzo…sasa mnapigia Kalonzo simu ati akuwe speaker.”
“Watu wa Central kumbukeni 2007 Kalonzo alisimama na Kibaki na akampatia wabunge wote, hiyo ni deni, lipeni sasa. Raila, Kalonzo amesimama na wewe mara nyingi sana, mkaandikiana 2022 hautasimama kuwa ni wakati wa Kalonzo, sasa tunakuambia stand down and support Kalonzo,” added Machakos Senator Agnes Muthama.
With the alliance now forced to go back to the drawing board, the leaders said they are seeking new partners as the fight off pressure to join their rivals.
“Tukishikana, kwa sababu hii ni ukombozi wenu wananchi, uchaguzi wenu, wanasema kufika ile kiwango ni 50+1…hapa hapa tuko na 46%, sasa hiyo ingine mnasema hatuwezi pata kwengine?” Posed businessman Jimi Wanjigi.
With all three governors from the region opposing his bid, Kalonzo said they all owe their success to him and he won’t back down.
“Wote hawa, hakuna ambaye hakusimama kwa bega zangu…hakuna ata mmoja hakubebwa na mimi…lakini sina ubaya, safari hii sitakubali kutumiwa…I said this time I will negotiate myself in the future of this nation,” said Kalonzo.