Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu has faulted the recent move by Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to ditch the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party saying it was selfish for the community.
Governor Ngilu says that Kalonzo’s move will alienate the Kamba community in terms of development if the Azimio coalition clinches the seat come August without their support.
She argued that the Kamba community where Kalonzo is perceived as the kingpin had backed ODM leader Raila Odinga in 2013 and 2017 wherein both the elections, they lost to the ruling party Jubilee and were therefore sidelined from the government.
“Kalonzo leaving Azimio, I think is a very selfish way of looking at leadership in the sense that the Kamba has been out of the national government for the last 10 years, almost 15 years since 2007 when he ran himself,” Ngilu said in an interview with KTN News on Tuesday night.
The county boss, therefore, believes that a repeat of the same by the Wiper leader should be avoided lest her community misses out during the formation of the next government, something she says Kalonzo is doing.
While referring to the late President Mwai Kibaki where Kalonzo was the vice president, Ngilu said that he should not be indecisive and anticipate a similar situation since the formation of the new constitution requires the deputy president to run alongside the flagbearer.
“Thank God that late President Kibaki called him to be his vice president. And this is not a similar situation, once this has been signed, you cannot have a similar situation where you (the president) say, come and be my deputy president,” she said.
“We as Kamba nation, if we don’t get in and say we are supporting Azimio and that is the next government and that is where our hearts are, then we are going to lose. And we cannot afford to lose.”
The NARC party leader whose party is affiliated with Azimio opined that Kalonzo should have put the interests of his people first and backed Odinga who is the coalition’s flag bearer as he had promised to do so.
“I don’t believe Kalonzo came to Azimio to be appointed as the deputy president. When we met on the 12th of March in Jacaranda, he signed as a member of Azimio and said he would support Raila for the president unconditionally,” Ngilu explained.
She added: “ But thereafter he must have been misadvised by somebody that, go for the DP position.”