You have no future in CORD, Ukambani MPs tell Kalonzo

Ukambani MPs during their press briefing on Tuesday May 3, 2016. [Photo/Francis Gachuri]

A section of Members of Parliament from Ukambani have asked Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) leader Kalonzo Musyoka to sever ties with Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) saying there is no future in the coalition.

The MPs said that Raila’s pronouncement during an interview with Citizen TV that the 2013 pre-election Memorandum of Understanding between him and Kalonzo was null and void is feigned and a pointer that their time in the coalition is up.

MPs Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central), Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni) and Richard Makenga (Kaiti) stated that Kalonzo’s presence in CORD is fruitless and will have no significant gains in his political growth.

In his address, Mutambu said there are indications that CORD has already picked Raila Odinga as its presidential candidate terming Kalonzo’s stay in the coalition as ineffectual.

“There’s no need of wasting time in CORD. It’s obvious that Raila Odinga will be CORD flag bearer in the next elections and there is no way he will leave it for Kalonzo,” said Mutambu.

“We can no longer afford to be flower girls in CORD. We have realised that CORD belongs to ODM.”

On his part, Kisoi Munyao said that Ukambani region had been shortchanged saying Kalonzo should not wait for last minute heartache.

The statements from Ukambani leaders are set to spark fresh row within the coalition, coming just days after Raila Odinga stated that he would not impose himself to the people.

In the interview with Citizen TV’s Hussein Mohammed on Sunday, the ODM leader said that any principal within CORD has the ability to be the coalition’s presidential candidate terming the ‘favourite’ tag as a creation of the media and Jubilee to drive a wedge within CORD.

He refuted claims of divisions in the coalition over who will be the flag bearer saying the coalition has agreed on the best way forward.

CORD comprises of three main parties; Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) led by Raila Odinga, Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) led by Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya led by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.

While ODM members have backed Raila for the 2017 presidency, Wiper and Ford Kenya have remained adamant that they would support their party leaders for the top seat.

Talks of disintegration within CORD were magnified last month after Raila skipped the launch of Moses Wetangula’s presidential bid at Muliro Gardens Grounds in Kakamega.


Additional reporting by Francis Gachuri

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