Kalonzo’s Hardliner Dan Maanzo has denied claims of blocking Wiper leader back to Azimio coalition.
Makueni MP Dan Maanzo has denied claims that he was preventing Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka from returning to Raila Odinga’s Azimio.
In an interview with NTV on Wednesday, Maanzo, Kalonzo’s Hardliner stated that he was merely guiding Kalonzo and acting in the best interests of the people.
“Kalonzo was the biggest cornerstone of Raila’s success as a presidential candidate and the moment the builders removed him, the coalition began tumbling,” he said.
Maanzo said that Kalonzo’s move to decamp was not a plot to spoil Raila’s votes.
He added Kenyans need a third political alternative and not just two major coalitions to choose from.
“He can surprise you at an election when running for the presidency. He will garner a lot of votes not necessarily to spoil others’ chances but for Kenyans to exercise their constitutional right to vote for a leader of their choice,” he said.
“Kalonzo has not gone outside that mandate. He was given the mandate by NDC to negotiate and work with like-minded parties. It is what he was doing,” Maanzo said.
According to the legislator, the Kenyan Constitution does not include a provision for a Chief Cabinet Secretary, and one may only be created by amendment.
Maanzo believes it is impossible to implement under the current framework.
“The only way the Chief CS can happen is if someone is a minister and they are given extra administrative roles but there is no way you can appoint chief minister without the parliament’s say so.”
Raila in his line up announced Kalonzo will have the position of a Chief Cabinet Secretary if Azimio wins the August presidential elections.
Dan Maanzo, Mutula Kilonzo Jr and Kitui Senator Kiio Wambua are said to be hardliners in Kalonzo’s camp.