Maendeleo Chap Chap Candidate in the March 2021 senatorial by-election John Mutua Katuku has said he did not quit but was asked to step down by President Uhuru Kenyatta. In the run-up to the by-election, Katuku quit just 2 days to the D-day.
Speaking during the Ukambani leaders meeting at Machakos International Convention center, Katuku said Kalonzo told president Uhuru if he was not going to make him step down out of the race then Wiper MPs would shoot down the BBI.
“I did not quit the race at the last minute, I was forced. As a community, we need to stop sabotaging each other. Someone went and said if Katuku wins, as a party, we are finished. I want to tell him he did that but in August, we will be back.” Katuku said.
“He went to say if Katuku is not forced to quit, his MPs won’t support BBI. The president called us and told us he wanted the BBI Report to pass and because Kalonzo and his MPs had threatened not to pass it, the president asked me to step down. He promised me a certain job and the same person went back to say I should not be given the job. ” the Ex-Kibaki cabinet minister went on.
Katuku said the 3 Lower Eastern Governors were the right people to call the leaders’ meeting as they were voted in by the people, unlike Kalonzo who is not elected.
” We recognize our 3 Governors and we say Mutua, Kibwana, and Ngilu should seat at the negotiating table. If Raila wants our votes he should see the three. There is no Kamba minister in the current government. Who does he (Kalonzo) defend when he keeps saying the community should be taken care of ‘mbai isuviwe‘. I will be the senator of Machakos in August.” Katuku went on.
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