Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday hosted the annual consultative leaders meeting at his Yatta farm.
The meeting brought together leaders from various political parties, including the Wiper Party, Jubilee, Chama cha Uzalendo, Orange Democratic Movement, and New Democrats Party, current and former governors, senators, MPs and ward representatives, religious and opinion leaders as well as professionals.
Notable leaders from other political outfits included New Democrats Party leader Lloyd Masika, as well as legislators Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East, Jubilee), Boni Mwalika (Kitui Rural, CCU), and Erastus Kivasu (Mbooni, New Democrats).
Addressing the meeting, Kalonzo emphasized on the importance of unity, adding that a fragmented Movement cannot achieve the intended goal of capturing the Presidency in 2022.
Kalonzo briefed the meeting on the ongoing cooperation with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, describing it as “excellent” to the loud applause by the leaders.
“I said I would work with my brother President Uhuru Kenyatta. As leaders, do you think I really insulted anyone when I made that remark?”
Last week, Kalonzo accompanied President Uhuru to the inauguration of the newly elected President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi.
This year’s event was graced by David Murathe – the former Jubilee vice-chairman -who was invited as a Special Guest by the Wiper leader.
Murathe, while addressing the gathering, emphasized on the importance of a united front as the community gears to present one of their own to the country in the race for 2022 presidential contest.
Murathe disclosed that although the Wiper leader had publicly pronounced that there are no political debts, “we feel indebted to you.”
He said the Kamba community has had a rich history with the Kikuyus dating back to the days of Kapenguria Six when Paul Ngei and Jomo Kenyatta faced colonial detention together, as well as during the 2007/8 Post-Election Violence, where Kalonzo saved the nation from anarchy by joining hands with President Kibaki.
“When there was election violence, who saved the country? Is it not Kalonzo? If it were not for him, the violence would have persisted. He says there are no political debts, that’s true, but we have debt to repay you.“
Murathe said Kalonzo’s vision for the country is intertwined with president Uhuru’s agenda, which is a united country and fight against corruption.
Wiper deputy party leaders Farah Maalim and Shakila Abdalla, described Kalonzo as a mature leader and a nationalist who had sacrificed a lot for this country. They said they would back him for the top seat in 2022.
“Somalis and Kambas are united behind Kalonzo…we will work together to ensure that he gets the mantle of leadership for this country,” said Farah.
On her part, Shakila said Wiper members would stay focused on its goals and would not allow obstacles to distracted.
Former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama thanked the Kamba community for having stood steadfastly behind Kalonzo for many years. He said he would continue to support the Wiper leader until he becomes President.
Makueni Woman Rep, who is also the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Koma Rock Convention, announced that preparations for the the second convention – dubbed Koma II, and to be held on the 8th of February 2019, are in top gear. The first Koma convention – Koma I – was held on 2nd April 2018.
The Convention, which brings together cross-party political leaders, the clergy, professionals and opinion leaders, is geared towards fostering a more united and harmonious Lower Eastern Region. Among the issues that would probably be addressed include the upcoming National Census, the Referendum, as well as the general political direction of the Region.