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How Kalonzo is 'watermeloning' again, confusing supporters

Curtis Otieno
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Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka at a past event. [Source/Kalonzo Musyoka/Twitter]

Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) leader Kalonzo Musyoka was until Thursday considered a possible major presidential candidate in 2022 polls.

However, he on Friday threw his supporters and the nation into confusion when he hinted that he is not really keen on the same and might again support another man for the seat.

Addressing a Kamba Leaders Convention at Matungulu in Machakos County on Friday, Kalonzo said he is ready to support President Uhuru Kenyatta for the third term in 2022 should the latter seek it.

"Let’s come together with other communities and help our brother Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. If he says after the new Constitution that he wants to proceed, I will support him,” Kalonzo said.

This is the same thing that he has been doing in the last two general elections, he used the same narrative to rally behind opposition leader Raila Odinga as his running mate.

Though this is no longer a surprise to his detractors who have even nicknamed him 'watermelon' for lacking a solid stand, it leaves his supporters in the dark and confusion.

Kalonzo had earlier declared that he will contest for the presidency in the next polls arousing hope in his supporters and Ukambani bedrock, only to wake up one day and throw it all out.

The former Vice President has with time brought himself out as a professional presidential running mate, which seems to be what could once again play out in 2022 judging by the remarks.

It is not clear when he will take his candidature seriously and have a serious stand on what he wants to do without weathering off moments to the implementation time.

This might see him lose some of his supporters who are growing tired of supporting him and is a boost to Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua who is apparently keen on outdoing Kalonzo.

The young county boss has since declared that he will vie for the top post, and if Kalonzo supports an outsider, then the Ukambani region is quite likely to rally behind Mutua.

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