Kalonzo’s goose in G7 appears cooked

February 16, 2012 5:26 pm


VP Musyoka inspects a herd of goats/ FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 16 – The fate of Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka as a key ally of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto in the G7 Alliance appears to hang in the balance, after he was deliberately excluded from a meeting called to plan the political future of the grouping.

The meeting which was attended by Kenyatta, Ruto and 90 other Members of Parliament formed a committee to map out the future of the alliance that left out Kalonzo’s allies.

Insiders at the meeting said it had been agreed that Kenyatta and Ruto would continue their united quest for the country’s presidency without necessarily involving the Vice President.

Musyoka has in recent weeks received a backlash over the stand taken by Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo over the fate of the two, following their indictment by the International Criminal Court.

Only MPs Kiema Kilonzo and Charles Kilonzo who are from the VP’s political backyard attended the meeting at the Sagret Hotel in Nairobi.

During the talks, it was agreed that the responsibility of co-ordinating G7 meetings would be taken away from Kalonzo’s confidant Johnson Muthama.

The group, which was planning a censure Motion against the Justice Minister made an about-turn, and instead said it was not their responsibility to tame Kilonzo.

Sources at the meeting said the MPs wondered why allies of Kenyatta and Ruto had taken it upon themselves to handle a problem that was squarely Kalonzo’s.

“Why should we be the ones doing Kalonzo’s dirty work? Mutula is his problem, let him deal with it!” the source said.

Speaking after the meeting, Turkana Central MP Ekwe Ethuro said although they had dropped the censure motion against the minister, individual parliamentarians were at liberty to do so.

“I want to borrow the words of the eminent lawyer Ahmednasir (Abdullahi) who is a member of the Judicial Service Commission – who is Mutula? Do you know his track record? So he is not an issue to us, we did not discuss him, we have better things to do than discuss Mutula,” Ethuro said.

A number of MPs allied to Kenyatta and Ruto have expressed discontent over public utterances by the Justice Minister demanding that Kenyatta relinquishes his seat as DPM. Kenyatta quit as Finance Minister but held onto the post of Deputy Prime Minister saying he could only be removed from office through a vote of no-confidence.

Kilonzo has also openly told the two to shelve their presidential ambitions until their case before the ICC is determined.

Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed who was interestingly present at the meeting said they discussed how to expedite the Bills that were currently before Parliament.

“We have one week to the completion of the deadline (according to the Constitution), we want to extend that time – we need two thirds majority to do that – we were discussing that and many other important issues for the national assembly. I am happy to note that we have this team on board as far as that is concerned,” he said.


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