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Why Kalonzo is facing rebellion in Ukambani

Benard Ramoka
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Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at at a past event. [Source/diasporamessenger.com]

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is a man under political siege if the current political situation in his Ukambani backyard is anything to go by.

Kalonzo’s 2022 presidential dream seems to be heading in the wrong direction as some of his trusted political friends show signs of abandoning him.

The former Vice President now faces an uphill task in his push to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

Kalonzo who has been nicknamed ‘watermelon’ by his political nemesis is staring at a possible political rejection in his home turf.

Political analyst Peter Ngure observes that Kalonzo has to quickly re-strategize to secure his 2022 bid.

Kalonzo’s troubles started when he asked to be President Uhuru Kenyatta ‘mtu wa mkono’ (errand boy).

Some of his close allies among them Governor Kivutha Kibwana questioned his move.

Kibwana termed the statement as demeaning, stating that it was improper for the Wiper leader to beg.

Kalonzo’s other head-ache that is likely to taint his 2022 bid is his silence on Wiper MCAs alleged conducts in Kitui and Machakos counties.

The MCAs have been accused of frustrating their governors' development agenda.

Kitui MCAs are currently embroiled in a tussle with Ngilu over their refusal to approve the county's supplementary budget.

Ngilu claims that the MCAs are working on orders to frustrate her leadership.

Kalonzo’s silence on the issue has raised concerns on whether he is siding with his MCAs.

The former Vice President’s alleged failure to champion Ukambani regions unity is another factor that could see his 2022 bid weaken.

Kalonzo has been accused by his rivals of showing no signs to bring the Kamba community together.

On Wednesday, governors Alfred Mutua, Ngilu and Kibwana held a joint rally in Masinga, where they promised to chart a new political direction for the Kamba community.

Political analysts have described the Mutua, Ngilu and Kibwana perceived new political relationship as a blow to Kalonzo.

Pundits argue that it will be difficult for Kalonzo to convince Kenyans to vote him in 2022 if he does not have the support from his backyard.

It is a wait and see to how Kalonzo will approach the new political development as he eyes the presidential seat in the 2022 polls.

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