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Kalonzo: I am not a political opportunist

ELDORET, Kenya, Jan 28 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has come out strongly against those labeling him an opportunist who wants to capitalise on the confirmation of the ICC charges against two of his political colleagues to have an easy ride to State House.

Addressing a peace rally at the 64 Stadium in Eldoret town on Friday, Musyoka dismissed claims that he will benefit from the ICC confirmation of charges against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto on the pretext that they will not be allowed to vie for any elective posts.

”Claims that I will benefit from the ICC confirmation charges is really hurting me. I do not see the need of going for the presidency if Uhuru and Ruto are not in the race,” said Musyoka.

He said no law bars Kenyatta and Ruto from vying for elective posts following the confirmation of charges at the ICC.

”Claims that Uhuru and Ruto have no right to vie for elective positions following the confirmation of their charges at the ICC is dictatorship and reminds us of the old dark days,” said Musyoka.

”They have a right to vie for elective seats in this country like anybody else.”

The Vice President assured that he will be ready to support any of the two candidates who emerges the winner in the presidential primaries.

”I am also optimistic that they will support me if I emerge the winner and I know that democracy will prevail at the end of the day,” said the Vice President.

He defended his shuttle diplomacy saying that the government will do everything possible to ensure that the cases are brought back to Kenya.

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“We will be making deferral application and the Head of State is in Addis Ababa where he will meet with other leaders,” said Mr. Musyoka

Musyoka also dismissed claims that President Kibaki met the outlawed Mungiki in State House to plan for revenge were disheartening saying the Head of State deserves respect like other leaders.

The Vice President said he formed a coalition with president Kibaki after learning that the country was on the verge of collapse after the disputed presidential elections.


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