Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said he will no let himself be drawn into local Ukambani politics pitting him against the region’s three governors including Kivutha Kibwana.
This was after governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) wanting to take credit for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s aborted two-day state visit to the region.
Speaking on Wednesday, July 7, during a pre-inspection tour of Ukambani projects ahead of the much-awaited President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour to the lower Eastern region, Kalonzo said that Governors Alfred Mutua, Charity Ngilu, and Kivutha Kibwana need him more than he needs them.
The presidential hopeful further said that his eyes are fixed on the 2022 presidency and that engaging in fights with local leaders including the three governors could likely derail his journey to the State House.
“Next year without hesitation, these citizens know they do not want to hear Kalonzo (Musyoka) being the number two of anyone,” Kalonzo said.
The Wiper leader further dismissed allegations that he was the main obstacle that prompted President Uhuru Kenyatta to postpone his Ukambani trip earlier this week.
“Rumors are being spread by very few people that there are political differences within the region that is why President Uhuru Kenyatta did not come. That is absolute nonsense,” he said.
This is despite the fact that the Head of State in June 2021, held a meeting with elected leaders where he urged the leaders to unite ahead of the 2022 General Election.
“You are not here because of your party….You are here because of development projects for your region,” Uhuru said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Friday, July 9, inspect two projects in the larger Ukambani region, a tour that has been scaled down from the earlier planned program.
The president will inspect the Konza city project as well as the multibillion Thwake dam.