As the 2022 presidential election draws nearer, the political giants are working on their strategies to keep them in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Wiper Party leader and Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has already figured out his path to the forthcoming battle.
He has abandoned his two-time running mate for top Kenya’s job, ODM leader Raila Odinga.
After throwing his weight behind Odinga in both the 2013 and 2017 General Elections, Kalonzo is charting a new course.
“We have tried two times with Raila and with no results. You expect me with my mind to support him again?” Kalonzo asked.
In an exclusive interview with Inooro FM, the former VP said he was confident that his next political move would light up his political star.
The Kenyan Special Envoy for South Sudan revealed that he would chart his path as President Uhuru Kenyatta guides him.
“In 2022, I will follow the President. I don’t want to make more political deals as I have done in the past to avoid fixing myself in the opposition again,” he stated.
Kalonzo dispelled rumours that he had joined Deputy President William Ruto to form a formidable 2022 political force.
So, what if Uhuru decides to support his current deputy?
“I’m not with Ruto, but if Uhuru wants me to support Ruto, why should I not do it?
“All I’m saying is that I will be with Uhuru in the next government. So that means whichever sides he is for, I will be in there,” he clarified.
The statement has not gone well with a number of Ukambani leaders who believe he is auctioning the community for his own interests.
Former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama is grooming himself as a political kingpin for the three lower eastern counties.
He accused Kalonzo of failing to give the region a good deal that would propel it to growth and development.
Also opposed to Kalonzo are Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Kibutha Kibwana (Makueni).
The three have met several times and dismissed Kalonzo as Ukambani community leader, while thanking him for what he has done so far. But they said it was time for him to now leave the national stage.
The governors pulled a quick one on Kalonzo when they joined Odinga to rally the Kamba people to vote for Bernard Okoth Imran in the recent Kibra parliamentary by-election.
The mini poll numbers showed that people from the community had voted for Imran.
How does Kalonzo feel about this threat?
“I’ve raised them all so I don’t think they can go beyond the teacher. I don’t feel threatened at all,” he added.
This is the first time that he is facing growing opposition in his backyard.