The Wiper party has responded to ODM’s statement in which the Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna took on their party leader and disowned his remarks that he had a secret pact with Raila ahead of the 2022 general elections.
In their statement, Wiper termed the remarks as extremely in bad taste appearing to have been tailored to cast aspersions on the character of Kalonzo Musyoka.
“The tone and language used therein is totally unbefitting of a person holding the title of secretary-general of any political party, leave alone the Orange Democratic Movement which is led by no less a person than the well respected Hon. Raila Odinga.” Wiper’s statement read in part.
“Hon. Kalonzo has been Raila’s running mate twice — in 2013 and in 2017. Both are senior politicians who hold immense respect towards each other. It comes as a shock to me and the entire Wiper fraternity, therefore, to see the shameless, unwarranted attack against Hon. Kalonzo from a man who is so politically junior to him and who, for all intents and purposes, should defer to Hon. Kalonzo, owing to the latter’s immense political, leadership, and diplomatic experience.” The statement went on.
On whether the deal exists, Sijeny the Wiper Secretary General stated that Kalonzo talked of a deal between him and Raila and not between Kalonzo and ODM.
“This means that the two senior politicians may have made a deal without the knowledge of any other members or officials of the party. I have a reason to strongly believe that Sifuna did not seek the views of Raila before putting pen to paper.” Sijeny adds in the statement.
On ODM’s accusation that Kalonzo was not seeking a coalition agreement with Jubilee because of ODM betrayal but because he is seeking protection from the three Ukambani Governors, Sijeny dismissed the remarks saying the Governors have very little political influence on the voting patterns in the region.
“I put it to him that the three Governors have very little influence on the voting patterns in Ukambani. He should just study the voting trends of the region since 2007, which should inform him that any politician outside Úkambani region banking on the support of any (or all) of the three Governors to win the Ukambani voting block in the absence of Hon. Kalonzo, will be in for a very rude surprise. Hon. Raila tried it with Hon. Charity Ngilu in 2007 and saw the results. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta tried it with Hon. Alfred Mutua in 2017 and saw the results. ” Wiper’s statement adds.
The Orange Democratic Party (ODM) had hit Kalonzo hard over the remarks the Wiper party leader made in a local daily suggesting that he had a secret pact with Raila for 2022 elections