, MACHAKOS, Kenya, May 25 – Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has told Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to run for the presidency come 2017 if he is serious in his bid for the top seat.
Mutua said Musyoka should not play second fiddle to any other person in the CORD coalition adding other principals should support him if they wanted votes from the Kamba community.
“Let Kalonzo not gamble with the interests of his community by supporting someone else. He is either in the race or not,” said Mutua.
Speaking at his Machakos office where he hosted Mau Mau veterans from the county, Mutua said it was common knowledge that Raila Odinga will be the CORD presidential flag bearer.
“That’s why I am saying that unless Kalonzo is the CORD flagbearer then he should forget about the Kamba votes. The community will not allow itself to be used as a pawn for other people to ascend to power,” said Mutua.
He reiterated that he will defend his seat come 2017 and was not interested in other political offices.
Machakos County Assembly Majority leader Joshua Mwonga and the majority Chief Whip Timothy Kilonzo were also present.
Mutua said those alleging that he was spoiling for Musyoka or dividing the Kamba community were interested in perpetuating the culture of political poverty.
“I want to tell them that I will not be derailed in my mission to lead my people to the political and economic Canaan,” said Mutua.
He said elected leaders calling for the disbandment of IEBC should first resign from their positions if they are serious about their mission.
Mutua said the protests were a plot by CORD leaders to use the back door to ascend to power.
“Realistic demonstrations have all people regardless of age, gender or sex and are an uprising and not driven by a few people or violence,” said Mutua.
He said youths should not be exploited by politicians to join the protests since they often are on the receiving end of the violence.
Mutua said no protests will be held in his county since they were a threat to businesses.
The Chairman of the Mau Mau veterans Paul Kiiti said the anti-IEBC protests were scaring away investors and could fan violence ahead of the 2017 polls.
Kiiti described Mutua as a transformative leader who had initiated tangible development projects.