Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua now says Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is not ready to vie for the presidency in the next general election.
This is after a section of the media reported that Kalonzo had proposed the removal of presidential term limit which will pave way for President Uhuru Kenyatta to vie for a third term.
The former Vice President is further said to have pledged to support Uhuru rule for another five years from 2022, the time he is expected to retire as per the 2010 Constitution.
The proposal to extend the incumbent's tenure, Mutua observed, was a confirmation Kalonzo will not be in the race to the State House in next polls.
In a statement, on Sunday the Maendeleo Chap Chap leader asked the ex-VP to stick to his new position and keep off the presidential contest.
"We expect him to stick to this new position and not shift goalposts or flip flop as some Kenyan leaders are known to do," he said.
With Kalonzo 'out' of the to race, the county chief noted he was the only leader from Ukambani interested in occupying the house on the hill and requested his former boss to endorse him.
"Now that Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka has confirmed he will not be in the Presidential race, I request him and other leaders to support my 2022 presidential bid as I galvanize more support nationally so that we can change our country," said Mutua.
Although he has not publicly announced his bid, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, who is also from Ukambani, is said to be eyeing the presidency.