Kalonzo Hits Back At Raila Over Endorsement

  • Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka during an interview on May 19, 2020.
    Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka during an interview on May 19, 2020.
  • Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Sunday, February 21, fired back at ODM leader Raila Odinga over his remarks on the presidency.

    Kalonzo who was speaking at AIC Kyamutheke in Machakos said he does not need Raila's endorsement for the big seat.

    "Wacha nimjibu Raila Odinga nikiwa hapa kanisani. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka anatafuta endorsement ya Mwenyezi Mungu (Let me answer Raila Odinga while here in church. Stephen Kalonzo seeks endorsement from God)," said Kalonzo.

    The former Vice President said he does not believe in political debts, and that no one owed him any debt.

    ODM leader Raila Odinga and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka during a meeting in April 2018
    ODM leader Raila Odinga and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka during a meeting in April 2018
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    "I did what I did to make this country better," said Kalonzo.

    He pointed out that despite failing to attend Raila's mock swearing-in, he advised him to set a meeting with Uhuru and discuss matters affecting Kenyans.

    He said that attending such an event would disqualify him as a leader.

    "I am a senior counsel and that is the highest ranking that an advocate aspires. How would I have participated in a mock, illegal unconstitutional oath,"Kalonzo said.

    Kalonzo was reacting to comments Raila made on Saturday, February 20, where he told off former National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders that he would not support them for presidency. He attributed this to their failure to attend his swearing-in ceremony in 2017.

    “When we were going for the swearing-in, in Nairobi, they refused. They switched off their phones and they were shivering due to fear. They now want me to give them the mantle by supporting them,” Raila said.

    Raila termed them as being cowardly. "I won’t give them because they demonstrated their cowardice, he added.”

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    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaking at a service in St. Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, Kayole on Sunday 17 January 2021.
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