By Allan Tawai.
Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka appeared to have reconciled, barely weeks after Muthama ditching the party and threatening to “expose” him (Kalonzo). This was during the burial of Kitui Senator David Musila’s mother in Migwani on Saturday 20th May.
In a major reconciliatory gesture, Muthama delivered a message of peace saying he stands for Wiper and Kamba unity. He, however, expressed displeasure over the way party affairs were being handled.
The fiery Senator said that he played a pivotal role in ensuring that Kalonzo secured the deputy president post in National Super Alliance (NASA) alignment although they were pushing for the presidency ticket. Muthama and Kalonzo shared a forum during the funeral of Alice Kivwea, mother to Senator David Musila, at AIC Migwani Primary School in Kitui County.
“I want to assure Kalonzo that he is the community’s kingpin. No one can replace you at the moment. Do not listen to naysayers. All we ask of you is to take care of your elder children such as Musila and myself,” Muthama said.
While describing Muthama as a “great brother”, Kalonzo said he harbors no hard feelings against either the Machakos Senator or Musila. He clarified that he never, in any way, interfered with nominations in Kitui and Machakos counties. The Wiper leader exuded confidence that the Opposition will dislodge Jubilee from power in the August polls and urged the electorate to stay vigilant and guard their votes.
“We should come out in large numbers and vote as if our life depends on it. That is the only way we will manage to liberate this country,” Kalonzo said. The leaders urged Muthama and Musila to return to the Wiper fold in order to help Kalonzo deliver the Kamba vote for NASA.
“I am happy to see Kalonzo seated in the same forum with Musila and Muthama. This shows unity which we need as a community,” Nyenze said. The Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka was on however booed by angry mourners in Kitui County who protested the manner in which his party conducted the recent nominations.
The fall outs in Ukambani arising from the Wiper party primaries dominated speeches during the burial of Kitui Senator David Musila’s mother in Migwani with most leaders blaming Musyoka for imposing ‘unpopular’ candidates on the people.
The leaders said people were dissatisfied with the outcome of Wiper primaries but assured Musyoka that they will ensure maximum voter turnout for the Opposition coalition in the August 8 elections.
Kalonzo Musyoka, who was the last to speak after all his party MPs and senators, denied there was an alleged political scheme to rig out Mr. Musila only to be booed when he defended his party’s nominee Governor Julius Malombe who was not present at the burial ceremony. Mr. Musila, who lost the party’s gubernatorial ticket, resigned as Wiper national chairman to contest the seat as an independent candidate.
The Wiper leader’s mention of Dr. Malombe, the Wiper governor nominee and a declaration that he did not manipulate the party primaries in favor of the governor seemed to have not gone well with the mourners who started booing.
He said he had come a long way with Mr. Musila and would not mind him being Kitui governor if he wins in August. The Wiper leader added that people were free to elect their preferred candidates.
“I never got involved in how our party chose candidates and it doesn’t matter which political party Senator Musila is in, we’ll remain friends and I’m ready to work with him again, ill-equipped,” Kalonzo said. Musyoka explained that political parties ill-equipped to conduct credible nominations and that the internal problems in Wiper were manifested across the political spectrum.
“I have neither accepted nor acknowledged Senator Musila’s resignation as our party chairman because I want him back,” the former Vice President said. Earlier, leaders told the Wiper leader to let the people choose leaders regardless of their political party affiliation.
Other leaders who attended the funeral were National Assembly Minority Leader Francis Nyenze, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Nairobi Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke.