, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 2 – A section of Kamba leaders have asked Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to abandon CORD saying the future of the community in the Opposition was bleak.
The leaders included Mike Sonko (Nairobi Senator) Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Regina Ndambuki (Kilome), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Benson Mbai (Masinga), Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), David Kareithi (Tigania West), Kanini Kega (Kieni) Joseph Kahangara (Lari).
The leaders said it was evidently clear that CORD principal Raila Odinga will not allow another candidate to be the coalition’s flagbearer in 2017.
“We should not allow ourselves to be used and dumped and we call upon our brother Kalonzo to ditch CORD and consider working with Jubilee ahead of the next General Election,” stated Sonko.
Speaking at a church service held in Mutituni in Machakos attended by Deputy President William Ruto, the leaders said time was ripe for the Wiper leader to quit CORD if he wanted to be part of the leadership of the country.
The legislators vowed to support Jubilee Party in the 2017 General Election because Odinga has betrayed the community.
At the same time, the leaders castigated the CORD leader for asking his supporters to arm themselves and march to Nairobi to evict Commissioners at the the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
They described the remarks as reckless and meant to incite communities against each other.
Munyaka indicated there was nothing for the Kamba community to benefit from the Opposition and urged voters in the region to support Jubilee.
“It seems Mr Odinga has already found another running mate and there is need for the Kamba community to reconsider their stay in the coalition,” he stated.
“Mr Odinga has already endorsed Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho to be his running mate. What is the position of the people of Ukambani in CORD,” asked Munyao.
He said come 2017 the people of Ukambani will vote with Jubilee to form the Government.
According to Mbai, Odinga and Musyoka had an agreement that the Wiper leader will support the ODM leader in 2013 and in return Musyoka would be supported for the presidency in 2017.
He wondered why Musyoka is neither the CORD’s presidential candidate nor being considered for the running mate position.
Mbai described Odinga as insincere since he had discarded the ODM/Wiper agreement that was to give Musyoka the ticket for presidency in 2017.
Sonko appealed to Ukambani leaders to unite under Jubilee and bring on board the former Vice President.
Ruto at the same time cautioned the Opposition leaders against inciting Kenyans to engage in violent activities and instead preach peace and coexistence.
The Deputy President asked Kenyans to shun politics of division and violence.
He said politicians should engage in competition of ideas that will transform the country instead of engaging in tribal and divisive politics.
“There is no room for politics of division and hate in Kenya. We have to change the way we do politics in Kenya,” he stated.