Kalonzo suffers setback days after unity meeting

Kalonzo earlier announced of a plan to visit Mzee Moi, a day after Raila's visit.

The deal which sought to mobilise all Ukambani leaders to support Kalonzo’s quest for State House in 2022, has now been criticised by the church leaders, terming it wrongly timed.

Earlier, the Kalonzo’s Wiper Party leadership met with several leaders in Machakos where he was endorsed to be president in 2022, a move that was initially dismissed by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.

On Wednesday, led by Archbishop Arthur Kitonga, the church leaders who met in Nairobi said the church as an institution was not party to the declaration.

They added that the meeting was not concerned about the development in the region and was rather aimed at promoting interests of individuals, a position earlier held by Dr Mutua.

“The meeting was only for political interests. There were no concerns on development and that is its undoing,” said Kitonga who was flanked by other leaders.

“There was no discussion on development or the economic welfare of 4 million Kambas in this country. It was all about a certain party and a certain individual,” Dr Mutua said of the meeting held by Wiper.

Kitonga said the people in Lower Eastern were in need of Government support adding that such meetings by politicians were denying the Central Government the commitment to help them.

“Our people are being swept by floods and as a result people need help for food and other things. How can we ask the state to step in when our leaders are pushing conflicting interests?” posed Kitonga.

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