Raila Odinga Refuses to Address Makueni Crowd after Kalonzo Accused Him of Gatecrashing Event.
This was after Kalonzo accused him of gatecrashing the inspection of Thwake Dam presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other senior Ukambani leaders.
The Daily Nation reported that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader turned down an invitation to speak in Makueni after Kalonzo said he was surprised to see him at the event. “Thank you for coming. We did not expect you here but God has enabled you to come to Ukambani,” the former vice president, who is perceived as the kingpin of the region told Raila.
While Kalonzo was giving his speech, Raila stood pensively beside Uhuru and other government officials. After addressing residents and guests, Kalonzo handed over the microphone to the host governor Kivutha Kibwana who was supposed to pass it to Raila.
The ODM leader, however, shook his head signaling he did not want to speak, leaving the president smiling. NASA fallout Kalonzo and Raila have been trading barbs over the last few weeks despite an attempt by Uhuru to unite them.
Trouble started when the Wiper leader said he won’t back the ODM leader in his 2022 presidential bid. Kalonzo insisted that it would be a tall order for him to support Raila again, given the two had worked together previously with the ODM chief failing to reciprocate the support.
“I am not a weakling…Raila and I have never sat to discuss 2022. I will be the most stupid person on earth to support Raila Odinga for president for the third time without a measure of reciprocity,” said Kalonzo.
In his response, Raila argued he had not announced whether he will go for the presidency or not and Kalonzo should thus not get ahead of himself.
The former PM said, even so, he had not solicited Kalonzo’s support as his main focus was the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). “Have I announced I will run for president? Have I? But some people are already saying that they cannot support me. Have I asked you to support me? Be patient, we’ve not reached there,” he said while addressing coast residents in June.