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Kalonzo’s super deal with Raila and cabinet slots before Azimio comeback

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has negotiated what his insiders call a 'super deal' that will see him return to Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition party

Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila Odinga at a past event

In the deal, Kalonzo has accepted the Chief Minister position that was offered to him by Odinga but demanded that the same be anchored in the law.

Well-placed sources added that Kalonzo also negotiated for more slots in government to be allocated to his Wiper party in the deal that could see the former vice president drop his bid.

Among the ministries that have been allocated to Wiper are the Energy and Foreign Affairs dockets.

Senior Counsel Musyoka is reported to have also demanded the Transport and Infrastructure docket, but was told that it was not on the table as the same had been allocated to a Mt Kenya nominee.

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Discussions are underway to determine at least one other docket to give to Wiper.

Among the ministries being considered for Wiper are the Devolution and Water dockets.

Wiper Vice-Chairman and Makueni gubernatorial candidate Mutula Kilonzo Jr confirmed that a deal had been reached for Kalionzo’s return to Azimio.

“He (Mr Musyoka) called us to a meeting and told us to announce that he had decided to work with those who are determined to foster peace and end corruption in Kenya.

“Although we have been mistreated, we shall work with these people,” Kilonzo Jr explained.

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According to Kilonzo Jr, the former VP had decided to go it alone to protest 'mistreatment' and restore honour to the Kamba community.

Kalonzo lost to Martha Karua in the race to deputize Odinga and unveiled his running mate on the same day that Odinga announced the Narc-Kenya party leader as his deputy.

Borabu MP Ben Momanyi who is Wiper’s Nyamira County gubernatorial candidate confirmed that the decision to have Kalonzo retreat back to Azimio was finalized two days ago.

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“We have decided as a party that we are going back to Azimio and that is why we were not seriously pursuing his candidature. We will soon begin campaigning as a team.

“We had agreed two days ago not to run; that is why we decided not to pursue his candidature in terms of meeting the requirements,” Mr Momanyi stated.

Kalonzo’s fate has left the Wiper party divided with Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu stating that there are some people who were pushing a different agenda.

“We are looking at the bigger picture and our people are saying we are better in Azimio and that is our option one. Our option two is going up to the ballot. Whatever the decision our party leader will make, we are ready to support him,” Dr Mulu said.

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