I can’t focus on Mutua – Kalonzo

By: JOSEPH NDUNDA

WIPER leader Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday said he is focused on the presidency in the 2017 elections and cannt compete with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua over Ukambani leadership.

Kalonzo dismissed claims he is losing grip on his backyard to Mutua, who of late has been seen to be establishing another centre of power with the support of various MPs from the region.

“I have never wanted to be a tribal leader. I’m focused on national leadership. It is trivial for me to be in competition with anyone to be a tribal king,” he said.

He was speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after arrival from China, where he was the keynote speaker at the World Eminent Chinese Businessmen Association conference.

Last week, Mutua launched the Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement aimed at championing faster development in Ukambani.

Mutua has accused Kalonzo of “mortgaging” the Kamba community for his benefits.

He said the movement led by Mutua is “part of the Jubilee government’s policy of divide and rule”.

“It is legitimate for all Kenyans to have the leadership of a former Vice President who did a lot for this country. Kenyans deserve a leader sensitive to their plight. Jubilee stole the elections and continues to divide Kenyans,” Kalonzo said.

The Cord co-principal was receive by Makueni Senator Mutula Kionzo Jr, National Assembly minority leader Francis Nyenze and 10 MPs.