No Path Forward For Kalonzo As Presidential Candidate: Makau Mutua

Written by on 3 March 2022

Professor Makau Mutua now says that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is no match for the ODM leader Raila Odinga in the political arena if they were to contest on one platform.

The lawyer, who also serves as a spokesperson for Odinga’s political campaigns, stated that Odinga’s political clout outnumbers Kalonzo’s, and that it would be ideal if the former vice president endorsed Raila’s presidential campaign in August.

He stated that there are only two main candidates in the upcoming elections (Raila and DP Ruto), and that Kalonzo should support Raila because he does not stand a chance.

“Mr Odinga is a first among equals; he is a senior man to Mr Musyoka. It is Mr Odinga to who Musyoka must give way to. I think Musyoka knows that; it is not possible to flip that equation,” Mutua said in an interview with KTN newline on Wednesday.

“Mr Musyoka should calculate properly because he is a younger man and has a longer runway for himself in this country.”

When comparing the leadership of South African President Thambo Mbeki, who succeeded Nelson Mandela, Makau stated that Mbeki felt he was unworthy to succeed Mandela at one point.

In the same debate, he claimed that Kalonzo lacked Odinga’s national support base.

“There are two primary runners. There is no path forward for Mr Musyoka as a presidential candidate between those two,” Mutua stated.

“Kalonzo has one option, to support Raila Odinga.”

Prof. Mutua went on to dismiss the One Kenya Alliance pricipal’s political clout in the country, claiming that he has lost control even in his own backyard.

Similarly, Mutua cited the recent support for Raila by Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Alfred Mutua (Machakos), and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) as evidence that Kalonzo’s clout in the region had waned.

“His solid base which is Ukambani, do not believe that Kalonzo has a path forward. The three governors have hit the ground running for Odinga,” said the lawyer.

“The era of kingpins appears to be coming to an end in Kenya. The kind of grip Musyoka had doesn’t exist anymore.”

In regard to the 2017 agreement laid out publicly by the Wiper leader that called for the ODM leader to fulfil his promise of supporting Kalonzo for the presidency, the lawyer said that the contents of the agreement were null. 

He argued that the NASA coalition had already died and thus, the agreement no longer existed. 

“NASA is dead and Musyoka is the one who killed it. That agreement is null and void because NASA is defunct. Whether the document is there or not, is not important because the contents are dead,’ he said.

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