Kalonzo eyeing presidency in 2017 polls

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Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka addresses the press in a past event. [Photo/Courtesy]

Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said his focus is on the 2017 presidential elections.

In his address at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kalonzo downplayed the ongoing political realignments in the larger Ukambani region saying he has no interest in tribal heroism.

The wiper leader said he has done a lot for the country that qualifies him for the national leadership positions adding that divide-and-rule tactics will not deter his ambitions.

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

“It is legitimate for all Kenyans to have leadership of a former vice president who did a lot for this country. Kenyans deserve a leader sensitive to plight of all Kenyans,” added the CORD co-principal.

Kalonzo weighed in on the raging Uganda – Kenya sugar deal debate saying the CORD brigade will tour the western region his coming weekend to sensitize the masses of the effects of the deal.

The former Vice President was speaking after arriving from China where he was the keynote speaker at the World Eminent Chinese Businessmen Association (WECBA).

The Cord co-principal was received by Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo (Junior), National Assembly Minority leader Francis Nyenze and other Members of Parliament from the Ukambani region.

In recent weeks, Ukambani has witnessed supposed shifts in political bases with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua forming Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement and receiving an endorsement from Akamba clan elders.

Political pundits have interpreted the move as an oblique ploy by Mutua to form a third force in the vote-impoverished region, which is Kalonzo’s strong-hold.

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