, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka on Wednesday denied claims by his close ally Johnson Muthama that President Kibaki had betrayed him in a deal to support the VPs presidential bid.
In a statement, Musyoka maintained that President Kibaki was not politically indebted to him because the coalition agreement signed with the Party of National Unity (PNU) after the 2007 General Election did not have any pre conditions.
The VP’s statement said: “I should state also that PNU and WDM (K) – then ODM (K) – formed the first coalition in January 2008 in order to stabilise the country before the Grand Coalition was subsequently established.”
“The Framework Coalition Document as signed by the negotiating teams did not contain any preconditions. Therefore, the President does not owe me any political debt whatsoever,” the VP added.
The VP says that as the deputy to President Kibaki he had learnt lot from his leadership style and that he was ready to lead the nation if he is elected in the 2013 general election.
“I have enjoyed a very warm working and political relationship with His Excellency the President. Indeed, I have understudied President Kibaki’s leadership style and I am confident that he has prepared me adequately for the leadership of the country should Kenyans grant me their mandate in the forthcoming elections,” Musyoka further stated.
Under the MOU, Muthama is said to have claimed that President Kibaki was to serve for one term and back Musyoka’s presidential bid in the following General Election.
According to the Kangundo MP members of the negotiating team included Transport Minister Amos Kimunya and the late John Michuki from the president side and Mwingi South MP David Musila from ODM Kenya.
Muthama, staunch ally of the VP hosted Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Tala market for a joint rally where reports of a possible political alliance between Odinga and Musyoka emerged.
On Tuesday the Wiper Democratic Movement warned Muthama, to cease and desist from consorting with Odinga.
Muthama and Odinga last Sunday watched a Gor Mahia versus Tusker FC match at the City Stadium fuelling speculation that the Orange Democratic Movement and Wiper Democratic Movement were in talks to form an alliance in preparation for the March 4 General Election.