Kalonzo in talks with Eugene, insists G7 strong

February 20, 2012 5:31 pm


Kalonzo says he is firmly in G7/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka on Monday appeared to be sending a message to his foes in the G7 Alliance when he held a meeting with New Ford Kenya leader Eugene Wamalwa.

The two leaders held a brief private meeting at a Nairobi hotel, and emerged to state that they would work together. After the talks, Wamalwa invited the beleaguered VP to rallies in Kitale and Bungoma this weekend.

Musyoka however maintained that there was nothing sinister in their meeting saying that he had informed G-7 leaders Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto of the talks.

“I can tell you that I spoke to Kenyatta and Ruto today and they know that Wamalwa and I were meeting. This is not a secret; In fact I think he is going to meet Ruto after this so this is not a big issue,” he argued.

Musyoka further expressed his gratitude to Wamalwa for defending him after he was accused of being crafty with respect to the fate of the G7 alliance.

“You know there is such a thing as reaching out to each other and I think we need to build the confidence back to where it was so that we can forge out together. I really like Wamalwa’s way of looking at politics of inclusion,” he said.

Musyoka however added that he was yet to decide whether or not he would attend the rallies scheduled for Western Kenya, where Ruto and Kenyatta have also been invited.

The VP, who has also been accused of inviting himself to rallies organised by Kenyatta and Ruto, added that his official duties at times prevented him from attending joint G7 rallies.

“If you see me missing in a rally don’t take it like the Vice President skipped. If you don’t see us in Kitale tomorrow or in Mwingi the next day I want you to know that we are trying to rebuild our confidence,” he stressed.

Musyoka at the weekend kept off a rally hosted by Kenyatta and Ruto with some quarters arguing that he is slowly pulling out of the G7 alliance.

In addition, his Wiper Democratic Party has been accused of shedding crocodile tears for Kenyatta and Ruto, over their tribulations at the International Criminal Court, with the aim of conning its way into power after the forthcoming elections.

The VP however maintained that such insinuations were political schemes aimed at creating conflict in the alliance.

“I have received a lot of beating if you like with people saying that the Vice President is jumping in to join a group where he is not wanted. And you know that there will be time when we work together as a group and other times when everyone will work for himself,” he said.

“So when you see that happening don’t think it is a crack; it is just a strategy, which must at times be changed,” he insisted.

He also said that the comments made by government Chief Whip Johnson Muthama at a rally in Machakos over the ICC and its bearing on the country’s political landscape were taken out of context.

“It is hurting and I think anyone thinking that Muthama invited his colleagues to Machakos only to talk ill of them is assuming that he is worse than the devil – which he is not. We have to shame these merchants of division,” he argued.

Wamalwa equated the G7 alliance to a marriage saying it would face several challenges but was still very much in force.

“We will move together with the Vice President, Kenyatta and Ruto and we are planning to host them in Western this weekend. We will take whatever challenges come our way in our stride and we will be able to resolve whatever issues that are outstanding,” he said.


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