Mutula Kilonzo Jnr has demanded Kalonzo must be Raila’s running mate in the August 9, polls.
A faction of Wiper leaders, led by Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior, is now asking that Kalonzo be ODM leader Raila Odinga’s running mate in the August 9 elections.
Kilonzo claimed the Wiper boss merits the running mate spot at a meeting in Wote, Makueni county, on Saturday.
“Sisi wanachama wa Wiper tumepigana sana ili Kalonzo awe mgombea kiti cha urais kwa sababu 2017 tulikuwa tumekubaliana na Raila kwamba Kalonzo atakua mgombea kiti,” he stated.
“Lakini kwa sababu Kalonzo anapenda Kenya, akakubali Raila awe mgombea kiti cha urais. Sisi tumesema na tunauliza apatiwe nafasi awe naibu wa rais wa Raila Odinga.”
Failure to award the Wiper commander the running mate job, according to Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, risks destabilizing the Azimio coalition.
He went on to say that given Kalonzo’s political stature, he can’t go for anything less than deputy president.
If the Wiper chief is not granted the DP seat, the Wiper chairman believes it will be tough to rally support for Raila in Ukambani.
“There would be a problem…we have nothing to tell the community and the people who support Wiper. For Kalonzo to forfeit the presidency for the third time, it must be accounted for something,” the Senator said.
Kalonzo said on Friday in an interview with Citizen Tv that he will be grateful if given the DP slot.
He noted that discussions are ongoing on who will deputise the ODM leader Raila Odinga.