Uhuru’s joy as Wiper confusion threatens Nasa unity
Kalonzo appears to be struggling in putting his house in order.
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s hold on his party and the larger Ukambani region seems to have weakened with the general elections only 56 days away.
Over the weekend, National Assembly Minority leader Francis Nyenze publicly endorsed President Kenyatta for re-election; a move that has caused ripples among the Nasa fraternity.
Nyenze praised Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee administration for a job well done in its efforts to empower special groups like the youth, women and the disabled and general development as outstanding.
“If somebody does well to you, you can’t forget. Can you forget those who have done well like Uhuru Kenyatta?” he said at Kauwi primary school in Kitui County during the launch of National Youth Service (NYS) programme in his constituency presided over by Youth Affairs cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki.
“Let’s not be swayed by politics of empty rhetoric by those alleging President Uhuru hasn’t worked well. The truth is Uhuru has done a lot and we’ll elect those whose work can be seen” he said.
Nyenze, a staunch Kalonzo ally over the years is not new to controversy.
In April, Nyenze was in the eye of a political storm after he sensationally declared “No Kalonzo, No Nasa!” over the naming of the Nasa presidential flag bearer.
Nyenze demanded that Kalonzo be declared the Nasa presidential flag bearer citing a 2013 Memorandum of Understanding which he claimed ODM party leader Raila Odinga promised to back Kalonzo in 2017.
This did not happen with Nyenze leading a crusade over the “short-changing” of the Kamba community in the Nasa set up despite being allocated the running mate position heading into the August polls.
Kitui Senator David Musila appeared to be singing the same tune as Nyenze but on Monday morning denied having endorsed Kenyatta during an interview on Citizen TV.
Musila who was the Wiper Chairman quit the party in April and is now vying for the Kitui Governor position as an independent over what he claimed as interference of the party primaries by Kalonzo.
Also contributing to the Wiper debacle is Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama.
Muthama has declared he will not defend his Machakos senatorial seat in the general election and has turned his focus to campaigns for NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga.
Muthama cited massive irregularities and injustice in the party, saying only the chosen few were given tickets during the party nominations..
He said he will not campaign anywhere for Wiper.
"I regret the way Wiper is being micro-managed to the disadvantage of some party members. My decision was influenced by the way Wiper affairs are being conducted," he said.
All these divisions must be music to the ears of Jubilee led by President Kenyatta as Kalonzo struggles to put his house in order.
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