Ruto seeks pact with Kalonzo ahead of 2022

Deputy President William Ruto with Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka in a past function

Deputy President William Ruto has asked Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to consider a pre-election coalition with him ahead of 2022, stirring talk of a political union that has been hushed for some time.

The DP made the appeal at a funeral also attended by former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, who on the eve of last year’s Jamuhuri Day, sparked a political storm with a declaration that he would lead coalition talks between Ruto and Kalonzo.

Mr Muthama then vowed to lead a delegation of senior political leaders from Ukambani to negotiate for Kalonzo’s position in a coalition with Ruto ahead of the 2022 General Election.

But Kalonzo denounced Muthama’s proposals, saying he was not speaking for him and alleged a scheme to drive a wedge between him and Uhuru. At a meeting of Wiper party he convened at his Yatta farm last year, Kalonzo would state that he will be in a political formation that Uhuru will support in the lead-up to 2022 elections.

While addressing mourners during the burial of Rael Mbeleete, mother of former Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, Ruto cautioned Kalonzo against working with any political outfit that might dump him at the end. He warned Kalonzo against working with Raila, describing him as a person who can’t win election if the past experience is something to go by.

But Kalonzo said BBI was unstoppable, noting all roads will be leading to Unoa Grounds in Wote, Makueni County, on February 7 for mega BBI rally where Wiper party will announce their stand. On succession politics, Kalonzo said he is yet to announce his stand, but will do so when that time comes.