Makueni Senator and Wiper Democratic Movement Vice-Chairman, Mutula Kilonzo Junior has sensationally claimed that he believes that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are taking the NASA coalition for a ride.
He expressed this opinion during a burial ceremony held on July 17, 2021, in Mbooni, Makueni County, where he hails from.
The Senator claimed that Uhuru and Ruto may be pretending to have fallen out in order to weaken the NASA coalition where he belongs.
He cited the collapse of the BBI process due to a court order, as well as the Kiambaa by-election to prove his point - arguing that oftentimes, whoever is endorsed by the incumbent regime ends up losing.Senate ad hoc committee chairperson Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Centre) leads proceedings into the Solai dam tragedy, at Parliament on July 17, 2018.File
“The by-elections you saw in Kiambaa were all treachery. They just changed their colours from red to yellow. Yet you think it was something of significance."
“They are pushing us (NASA) to the wall in the pretence that we are in unity with them. They want us to face the humiliation of endorsement politics," he added.
Mutula observed that the estranged Building Bridges Politics (BBI) was in limbo because of this tactic being employed by the ruling Jubilee Party and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) associated with the Deputy President.
He further stated the future of the BBI project, which is currently in court, does not seem to be bright because of the same tactics that he claims Jubilee and UDA are using.
The Deputy President termed the recently concluded Kiambaa by-elections as a friendly match between the Jubilee Party and UDA, which has continued accepting defectors from Jubilee.
He further stressed that the matter was a litmus test for the present (Jubilee) and the future (UDA) which is expected to be his vehicle for the 2022 presidential bid that he has continued to show an appetite for.
Ruto is currently the deputy party leader of the Jubilee Party, deputising the President who is the party leader.
He has continued to show defiance by campaigning for UDA in several regions in Kenya, most recently, in Kiambaa where the Jubilee party suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of UDA.
Jubilee and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) which associates with NASA are in coalition talks to field a single candidate for the county's top job according to party chairman, John Mbadi.
“We do not want the entire number. We just want the numbers they (Jubilee) have at the moment to combine with others. We did not have the numbers before,” he said.Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga gives an address during Madaraka Day Celebrations in Kisumu.Daily Nation
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