Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina now says that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is being held hostage by his party members ahead of the August polls.
This comes after Kalonzo on Tuesday publicly accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of going against a 2017 agreement between the two when they formed the National Super Alliance (NASA).
The deal, Kalonzo said, was that Odinga would be the coalition’s presidential candidate and him his running mate for one term, after which Odinga would then back Kalonzo as the presidential flagbearer at the 2022 elections.
According to Ole Kina, it was uncharacteristic of Kalonzo, whom he labelled a respectable man, to go out in public and condemn the ODM leader for allegedly failing to back him at this year’s polls, despite allegedly giving him his word.
Senator Ole Kina is of the opinion that Kalonzo’s party members likely influenced his Tuesday decision owing to a selfish desire to be granted direct nomination tickets.
“Kalonzo Musyoka is surrounded by a group of extremists who are actually doing this for their own aim because as I know him, he is a gentleman, and he cares about this country,” the Narok Senator said on Citizen TV’s News Night show on Tuesday, where he was hosted alongside his Kitui counterpart Enoch Wambua.
“I think Enoch and his group are holding the honourable Kalonzo Musyoka, a fine gentleman, hostage and the only ransom there is their re-election ticket so it is not really about Kalonzo Musyoka.”
Ole Kina continued on to say that the Wiper party members are also misleading Kalonzo into believing that he stands a chance of clinching the presidency seat at the polls without getting into a political coalition, which he said play huge roles in determining the country’s next president.
“They are trying to push Musyoka to go at it alone in a country where we have the rule of 50+1..so really for me I don’t blame Musyoka, I think it is extremists who are surrendering him and holding him hostage. The people who he associates with are trying to reduce a national figure into a figurehead,” he said.
On his part, Wambua, underscored that the Wiper leader was well within his rights to deliver the Tuesday announcement citing that Odinga should have stayed true to his words and not allegedly betray Kalonzo.
“Both the principal who signed the argument with my party leader and the depository of the agreement are in breach of the contents of the agreement and so my party leader was left with no other choice but to make this document public,” he said.
He likewise stated that Kalonzo’s claims are legitimate owing to the fact that Odinga has not publicly denied them, as such the former premier should, at the very least, come out and acknowledge them.
The Kitui Senator consequently dismissed assertions that Wiper members were coercing Kalonzo into avoiding coalition talks with Odinga and his Azimio la Umoja movement.
“When people want to run away from the truth, they look for all spaces to hide, there is nobody who has said that Kalonzo should not engage in talks with other leaders in this country,” he said.