Ford Kenya leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula has suffered a setback after his ally declared support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Kabuchai MP Joseph Majimbo Kalasinga joined the hustler bandwagon during the DP’s tour of Bungoma County last Friday.
“You supported me a lot and I must reciprocate that gesture,” Kalasinga told the DP while addressing residents at Chwele trading centre.
The MP’s about-turn has sparked speculation over whether he has the blessings of his party boss who has on numerous occasions denied links to Ruto.
The MP claimed to have brought greetings from Wetang’ula.
“Our beloved DP Ruto let me tell you that you and Bungoma are one thing and we are ready to work with you in your quest to empower the hustlers of this country,” he said.
But Wetangula’s aide Wafula Wakoli rubbished Majimbo’s claims saying Ford Kenya had no plans of working with UDA.
“Ford Kenya Party has mechanisms and structures to do things and the sentiments by Majimbo that he had been sent by our party leader Moses Wetang’ula to tell DP Ruto that as a party we are supporting his hustler narrative is total lies,” he said.
Wakoli said Ford Kenya was working with One Kenya Alliance.
“We want to say that those sentiments by Kalasinga were his own and not those of the Lion’s party,” he said.
He asked Ford Kenya members to rally behind Wetangula.
“Our party is firm under the able leadership of Wetangula and we are working with other leaders of One Kenya Alliance to take our people to State House come August next year,” he said.
Wakoli said that the party has MCA’s and other MPs who have not declared support for UDA.
Kalasinga joined five Jubilee Party MPs from Bungoma who accompanied the DP during the tour of the county.
Interestingly, the lawmaker was in the company of UDA’s Evans Kakai who came second after garnering 6,455 votes in the by-election.
Kalasinga garnered 19,274 votes to trounce seven candidates in the March 4 by-election. The by-election was occasioned by the death of former MP James Mukwe who was an ally of Ruto.
This comes even as pundits opine that the sibling rivalry within Ford Kenya seems to be a blessing in disguise for Ruto’s UDA party.
Politicians allied to the DP in Bungoma have been taking advantage of cracks in Ford Kenya to solidify his support base.
Ford Kenya has split down the middle, with the Bungoma Senator leading one faction, while the other wing is led by MPs Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren).
The party split following a coup attempt where Wamunyinyi declared himself the party leader.
However, Wetang’ula obtained court orders stopping his removal, pending hearing and determination of the matter.
The party’s National Executive Committee had accused the senator of gross misconduct and failing to champion the unity of members.
The also accused Wetang’ula of failure to reconcile warring members.
The senator has been working to restore sanity in the party amid ongoing political realignments ahead of next year’s polls.
2022 Campaigns Should Not Derail Service Delivery, Says Alfred Mutua
Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Alfred Mutua has urged political leaders not to overindulge in campaigns at the expense of service delivery to the public.
Dr Mutua, who is also a 2022 presidential aspirant, said while it was the right of politicians to hunt for votes ahead of next year’s General Election, Kenyan citizens have equal rights to enjoy services offered by all government agencies.
“I wish to remind all leaders that we have been elected to serve until the next election day,” Mutua said.
The Machakos governor criticised politicians issuing pre-election promises, noting they first have to account for what they have done.
Mutua addressed the public in Tala town yesterday after touring ongoing infrastructure development projects in Kangundo and Matungulu sub counties.
The county government is implementing World Bank-funded projects covering Nguluni, Tala and Kangundo towns which constitute Kangundo/Tala municipality.
Similar programmes are ongoing in Machakos and Mavoko municipalities. They include road works, solar lighting, paving walkways and laying drainage lines.
Mutua defended his development record and urged Ukambani residents to rally behind his bid for presidency.
“The people of Machakos are witness to my development record since I took office in 2013 and I will proudly exit to seek the country’s top seat,” he said.
He reiterated his challenge last week to Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to retire from active politics, saying the former vice-president had served his time.
“We respect Kalonzo for what he has done for the Kamba community and we are telling him it is now time to exit and pave way for younger blood to take over leadership,” he said.
Mutua also toured Kangundo Level 4 Hospital where he inspected the newly constructed Intensive Care Unit Complex which he said will be equipped soon.
‘I Have Forgiven Uhuru For Calling Me A Mad Man’ – Raila Odinga
ODM leader Raila Odinga (pictured) has narrated how he and President Uhuru Kenyatta buried the hatchet to forge a united front.
Speaking at the University of Nairobi where he met youth from Mt Kenya, Raila said he has since forgiven Uhuru for calling him muguruki, Gikuyu for a mad man.
The ODM leader said the President had also forgiven him for referring to him as a drunkard.
Raila was explaining what happened in the aftermath of the 2017 repeat presidential election that he and his team boycotted.
Following the stalemate, Raila and Uhuru, on March 9, 2018, buried their differences in a rapprochement now famously called the Handshake.
The ODM leader said he and Uhuru were locked in two meetings that lasted 13 hours and six hours before they agreed to resolve the issues.
Their motivation, Raila says, was the nationalistic roles played by their fathers and hence their contribution to Kenya’s independence.
Raila said their fathers were so close that Uhuru is like his brother. “We remember where we came from and our sense of nationalism,” he said.
He cautioned Kenyans against viewing each other only by the community they belong to.
“Never again will Kenyans fight after an election,” the ODM leader added.
Raila further added that he is confident next year’s polls will be free and fair.
He said the top contributor to post-election violence is how the polls are conducted.
“IDPs are still in camps since the 2007-08 post-poll chaos.”
Raila said there is a need to address unity in the run-up to the election to avoid violence, which is what the Handshake is premised on.
Raila’s meeting with the Mount Kenya youth comes on the backdrop of politicians wooing the vote-rich bloc ahead of the general election.
The Mount Kenya Foundation (MKF) leaders have announced they will unveil their preferred presidential candidate at a retreat in Limuru.
MKF made the disclosure on October 8 as they fought claims that they had settled on ODM leader Raila Odinga on a day One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals made a strong pitch for their respective candidature.
The businessmen and politicians challenged the opposition leaders to present a united front in the next poll to avoid splitting votes in what may work in favour of Deputy President William Ruto.