You’ll fall and break your skull if you pick Joho, Duale tells Raila

He says Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya’s Moses We­tang’ula stand a bet­ter chance as run­ning mate, since they have the num­bers and in­flu­ence

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ERNEST CORNEL @OduorErnest

Pick­ing Mom­basa Gover­nor Has­san Joho as a run­ning mate will spell de­feat for Cord leader Raila Odinga, Aden Duale has said.

He said Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya’s Moses We­tang’ula stand a bet­ter chance of giv­ing Ju­bilee lead­ers a run for their money, be­cause they have the num­bers and in­flu­ence on the vot­ers. “You are leav­ing Kalonzo with more than 1.5 mil­lion votes and Weta [We­tang’ula] with the Luhya mas­sive fol­low­ing for Joho? You will fall and break your skull my friend,”Na­tional Assem­bly Ma­jor­ity leader and Garissa Town­ship MP said. He said ei­ther of the two should be Raila’s deputy.

Duale said it would be a big mis­step for Raila to choose a deputy “who hardly com­mands more than 1.5 mil­lion votes”. The reg­is­tered vot­ers to the Coast are 1.2 mil­lion. “Pol­i­tics is about num­bers, the one with the most car­ries the day,” he said.

The re­sults of the first phase of mass reg­is­tra­tion shows that Western and East­ern, where We­tang’ula and Kalonzo come from, had 1.6 mil­lion and 2.4 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers, re­spec­tively. The to­tal votes Raila might get from those ar­eas are about four mil­lion – if he con­sol­i­dates these re­gions with help of the two king­pins.

Duale said Raila is do­ing a mi­nus cal­cu­la­tion to con­sider 40-year-old Joho as part of his win­ning team.

On Sun­day in Mom­basa when he met the So­mali com­mu­nity, the MP said he pre­dicts a straight win for Ju­bilee, be­cause the op­po­si­tion is mak­ing blun­ders day by day. Duale was re­act­ing to re­marks that Joho should deputised Raila. Dur­ing ODM’s “10 at 10” cel­e­bra­tions in Kisumu, Gover­nor Jack Ranguma, MP John Mbadi (Suba), Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o (Kisumu) and wo­man rep­re­sen­ta­tive Aisha Jumwa (Kil­ifi) said Joho fits the bill.

/ JOHN CHESOLI

Gover­nor Has­san Joho chats with ODM party leader Raila Odinga at the Mama Ngina Drive in Mom­basa dur­ing ODM’s 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion last month

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