Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s six-piece voting strategy, which was recently criticised by NASA aspirants in Kitui County, has received backing from his party loyalists.
Wiper MP Candidate for Kitui Central Makali Mulu Thursday defended his party boss’ resolve to only campaign for Wiper aspirants in Ukambani.
Speaking to the press in Kitui Town, Mulu said there was nothing strange in Kalonzo’s decision to drum up support for his own candidates in the opposition stronghold.
There’s no need for other aspirants under the NASA umbrella to insinuate that Kalonzo’s six-piece voting pattern will cause rift in Ukambani and consequently divide the NASA vote, said Makali.
Added Makali, any serious politician would do the same owing to the simple fact that all political parties affiliated to the National Super Alliance are competing for space and dominance once the coalition takes over the reins of Kenya come the August 8 General Elections, he noted.
He further said Kalonzo, being NASA’s deputy presidential candidate, would suffer a major blow if his party failed to clinch the highest number of elective seats in the region.
That would deny him the bargaining power he needs to have a say in the next government, Makali pointed out.
He said it was up to leaders of the competing parties, including, Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU), Charity Ngilu’s Narc, Muungano and New Democrats, among others, to follow suit and campaign for their own candidates, instead of attacking the former vice president.
Makali was reacting to recent sentiments by several NASA aspirants in Kitui County that Kalonzo would compromise the opposition votes in Ukambani if he only roots for his party candidates.
Led by Ms Ngilu’s gubernatorial running mate Dr Wathe Nzau, the aspirants demanded that the NASA co-principal should either root for all aspirants under the opposition coalition or campaign for none to avoid aggravating non-Wiper candidates and supporters.
The politicians, drawn from CCU and Narc parties also told the NASA co-principal to keep off local politics and concentrate on the battle for presidency.
Others were; Narc MP aspirants Miltonic Mwendwa Kitute (Kitui East), Patrick Koki Musau (Mwingi West), Daudi Kitonga (Kitui Central) and CCU’s Kitui senatorial candidate Elijah Muimi Kilonzi.
Source: Kenya News Agency