Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has in the recent days pushed himself literally from a village-level politician to a national leader keen to wrest the support former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka still enjoys in his Ukambani backyard. He chose to drive home the point by using the analogy of legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino passing on the baton to marathon superstar Eliud Kipchoge.
His recent appearance on the Kibra by-election campaign trail left many wondering why ODM leader Raila Odinga chose to invite him instead of long-time political buddy Kalonzo Musyoka.
Mutua has come out to address the issue, saying that he is the new Lower Eastern political kingpin, as Kalonzo Musyoka’s time is now up. He illustrated his point by referring the two great athletes, Kipchoge Keino and Eliud Kipchoge.
“Saying I’m the new face of Ukambani is not disrespect to Kalonzo. You cannot disrespect Kipchoge Keino because of Eliud Kipchoge, who is the greatest marathoner. I’m Eliud Kipchoge,” Mutua said on Radio Citizen breakfast show.
He said the Ukambani region was thirty for fresh blood after Kalonzo had failed to steer a clear path for his people.
Mutua said failure by Kalonzo to show up during the Nasa coalition mock swearing-in of Odinga at Uhuru Park last year exposed the community to ridicule as people with no stand.
“As a Kamba, I was disappointed because you don’t betray your friends on the last day. Many of my people felt bad,” the governor said.
Kalonzo has often been portrayed in the political circles as a ‘watermelon’ because of his lukewarm nature when it comes to making key decisions, a tag he has always bitterly fought.
Even if Mutua managed to deliver the Kamba vote to ODM candidate Bernard Okoth Imran in the Kibra mini poll, to rise to the stature of Kalonzo, political pundits say, he must battle hard for it.