Ex-Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has sensationally claimed that the breakup between Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is deliberate for the sole purpose of forcing a presidential runoff.
Speaking in Nyeri on Tuesday May 17 during the burial of the stepbrother to Rigathi Gacagua, Kabogo warned the Mt Kenya residents against falling into the trap being set by Raila and Kalonzo.
Kabogo urged Mt Kenya voters to come out and vote on August 9 to ensure the Kenya Kwanza alliance led by Deputy President William Ruto wins in the first round.
“We have not arrived yet and we cannot write off this guy because he is old … he will give us a run for our money. For Rigathi Gacagua to become Deputy President, we must come out and vote to attain the 50+1 mark. There is a plan to take us to round two. We must push to ensure we win in the first round,” Kabogo said.
Sentiments by Kabogo come a few days after the Wiper leader fell out with Raila Odinga after the latter settled on Martha Karua as his presidential running mate.
After quitting Azimio One Kenya, Kalonzo revived his presidential ambition by equally picking Andrew Sunkuli as his running mate.
He said he will run for the presidency on the Wiper ticket under the One Kenya Alliance coalition after he felt shortchanged in the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition.
With his over 2.5 million Kamba votes, Kalonzo Musyoka is expected to deny, both DP Ruto and the ODM leader a chance to win the August election during the first round.
Most political pundits opine that the Wiper leader prefers for a presidential runoff in order to get a be chance to negotiate for a better deal with the leading presidential candidate.