I’m ready to back Raila or We­tang’ula, says Kalonzo

‘We can­not speak in ab­so­lute terms that Kalonzo has to be on the bal­lot... These are the last mo­ments for Ju­bilee’ says Kalonzo

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - DAVID MWERE @davidmwere

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka yes­ter­day said his de­sire to be Kenya’s fifth Pres­i­dent is not cast in stone.

He said he is will­ing to sup­port who­ever is cho­sen as Cord’s flag­bearer. But if he is cho­sen, he ex­pects their sup­port.

Kalonzo, speak­ing on Ra­dio Jambo, said he will sup­port ODM leader Raila Odinga or Ford Kenya’s Moses We­tang’ula if ei­ther is nom­i­nated.

“We can­not speak in ab­so­lute terms that Kalonzo has to be on the bal­lot. But if Kalonzo is the so­lu­tion to deal with Ju­bilee’s in­com­pe­tence, then we can also ex­plore that route,” he said. “Cord has shown clearly that we are to­gether. These are the last mo­ments for Ju­bilee. Peo­ple should not be wor­ried be­cause we will stick to­gether and no­body will tear us apart,” he said.

Cord lead­ers have been di­vided over who should face Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

Three weeks ago, We­tang’ula was ac­cused by ODM MPs of in­sult­ing Raila while ad­dress­ing sup­port­ers in Narok. He likened Raila to a “bar­ren cow”, re­fer­ring to his three failed at­tempts to be Pres­i­dent. We­tang’ula urged Raila to sup­port Kalonzo or him­self. He has not apol­o­gised, de­spite clam­our by Raila’s sup­port­ers that he do so.

Kalonzo ac­cused Ju­bilee of mas­sive cor­rup­tion, trib­al­ism and high un­em­ploy­ment, among other things.

He said con­sen­sus should be used in nom­i­na­tions, but said he will not rule out other ap­proaches. “As a coali­tion, we do not have time to or­gan­ise del­e­gates. The mo­ment you do that, you cre­ate an at­mos­phere of an­i­mos­ity. We know our strengths and weak­nesses as Cord prin­ci­pals,” he told the Star in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view.

How­ever, Kalonzo urged Raila and We­tang’ula to re­cip­ro­cate and sup­port him, should he be nom­i­nated.

“We must be clear in our think­ing. I am ready to sac­ri­fice even 20 times, but we need to know that there must be rec­i­proc­ity. One good turn de­serves another,” he said.

/ VIC­TOR IMBOTO

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka dur­ing an in­ter­view at Ra­dio Jambo yes­ter­day

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