Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has rejected calls by a section of National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders urging him to assume the position of opposition leader which they say has been abandoned by Raila Odinga.
Speaking at a church service in Athi River, Machakos County,the leaders the termed Odinga as having been ‘compromised’ following the handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to them, Odinga has been silent since the March 9 handshake, adding that the country cannot progress when a government is not put in check by a strong opposition leader.
“When the noisiest dog is silent, then it must be chewing the biggest bone. Our Army General was not killed on the war but fell on the way, we must soldier on,” Kakamega Senator Moses Wetangula said.
Lugari MP Ayub Savula, who doubles as ANC party leader, called on Kalonzo to immediately assume the office of the opposition leader and help in checking the government. “Raila cannot check the Government he is dining with… Kalonzo should assume that position backed by Musalia and Wetangula,” said Savula.
However, Kalonzo rejected the calls and instead urged Kenyans to be patient with the ongoing efforts by President Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga to reunite the country. “The unity of Raila and Uhuru does not mean that opposition is dead, I see no problem with taking over as opposition leader but we need to be patient first,” said Kalonzo.
The former vice president called for an all inclusive dialogue, further downplaying the need for the recently gazetted 14-member dialogue team. “What Kenya wants is electoral justice, unless we fight tribalism, Kenya will not be the same again,” he said.
The ANC party leader said if the team tasked with building bridges will not touch on electoral justice which, he said, was the root of division in the country.
Mudavadi further called on President Kenyatta to dismantle all cartels looting public coffers, saying that the masters of corruption should be investigated.
Johnston Muthama who was in attendance said as members of the opposition, they would not sit back and watch the country sink in the sea of graft.
“When a Uhuru leaves behind Kalonzo, Wetangula and Mudavadi, that does not qualify to be a route to National healing. The country of 43 tribes cannot be united by two people,” said Muthama.
He urged the three NASA chiefs to immediately consider folding their parties and register one political outfit.