BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH DEC,2021-Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu on Friday differed sharply over the former’s 2022 presidential bid.
This after Ngilu advised the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) co-principal to shelve his presidential bid citing lack of political muscle to clinch the country’s top seat.
Governor Ngilu said the former Vice President has a clear understanding of the country’s voting patterns and knows he cannot command enough votes to guarantee him a win.
“My brother Kalonzo do not be deceived by selfish leaders who want to ride on your political capital to secure elective seats and leave you out in the cold as the next government is formed,” warned Ngilu, who is rooting for ODM chief Raila Odinga.
Ngilu spoke at the funeral service for Edith Mawia, who was wife to former Kitui Governor Julius Malombe, at Ithookwe showground in Kitui Central.
The county boss added, “I know the majority of Ukambani leaders disagree with me that time is not yet ripe for our son Kalonzo to be Kenya’s presidency but I choose to be honest with him.”
Kalonzo on his part dismissed Ngilu’s sentiments as a lack of faith in his presidential ambition.
“I won’t be cowed into submission. It is my time and I have the faith. All I ask for is your support because we are strong united,” said Kalonzo.
He called upon the Ukambani people to remain united as they purpose to elect leaders in the coming elections.
“We must be ready to take the leadership of this country. Viongozi wenzangu wa Kitui County because this is home, Jameni tusiaibishane,” he urged as he avoided the direct confrontation.
The One Kenya Alliance principals recently reaffirmed their decision to remain united ahead of the 2022 showdown amidst reports of joing ranks wither with Odinga or Deputy President William Ruto.
They told off the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party members who have been downgrading their bid terming the presidential race a two-horse battle between Odinga and DP Ruto.