IT was always a question of when, not if, politically rejuvenated Wiper supremo Kalonzo Musyoka would bolt out of NASA over the presidential ticket pretext in order to undermine opposition due to what appears personal greed.
With all signs clear that Raila Odinga will run away with the NASA ticket, Kalonzo has taken the plunge in the opposite direction and will now run for President under the secure umbrella of his own surrogate party ticket (wiper).
That he has prepared meticulously for this eventuality is not in doubt.
He first formed a coalition in his backyard with erstwhile would-be political nemesis Charity Ngilu, shed his political image of a weakling by charting his own political path away from his backers senators Johnson Muthama and David Musila, and captured Makueni Senator Kivutha Kibwana to stabilise the ship. Long before the current fiasco, late Senator Mutula Kilonzo had to be eliminated suspiciously for questioning the regime.
So why is Kalonzo so fixated on printing his name on the Presidential ballot?
At 63, Kalonzo is no longer a young baby-faced politician. He has been in government for 30 years, been vice president, a globetrotting Foreign Affairs minister and a latter-day opposition apologist.
Now his eyes are firmly on the ultimate political prize, buoyed by the fact that he delivered the Ukambani vote to Raila by a cumulative percentage of 99.8 percent in 2013.
His ego soothers say factually that Ukambani delivered better percentages to Raila than the latter’s Luo backyard, a scenario that has driven Kalonzo to grow hard political horns to enable him to square it out with both Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
It’s a political fact that the Kamba nation will want to vote for Kalonzo to a man. He is also likely to run away with a huge chunk of the coastal counties’ votes and grab neutral and sympathy votes from across the length and breadth of Kenya.
What’s his motivation?
Kalonzo is a professional politician with deep roots connected to former President Moi, former President Mwai Kibaki and President Uhuru Kenyatta. He has whipped up the emotions of the Kamba community to maddening levels. In many places, he is called water melon due to his unprincipled stand on issues.
Using this political bloc as a human shield, Kalonzo has or will do a political deal with Jubilee for purposes September 2017 in order to continue stealing from the government for many years.
Suffice it to say that this year’s election is furiously shaping up as a repeat of 2007, when Kalonzo quickly joined then President Kibaki to form a government and covered up the corruption in government.
Should Kalonzo starve Raila of the Kamba vote, then President Kenyatta will have a field day on August 8, 2017 because the lower eastern nation is a critical statistic for Raila and the extension goes to the coast province. According to records going on in the facebook, Kalonzo is suspected to have been paid over Kshs 5 Billion to join the other side. Time will tell before August polls.