Wednesday, 27 July 2011
BY ANGWENYI GICHANA AND AMOS NYAMBANE
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has hinted that he may settle on a running mate from Kisii. Kalonzo has asked the community to front a candidate to be his running mate. Speaking at Nyambaria High School in Nyamira, the VP said he will not handpick and individual but instead let the people decide.
As Kalonzo tour of Kisii and Nyamira entered it’s second day, leaders in the two counties expressed support for his quest albeit with one condition – “give us the running mate”. Richard Onyonka (Foreign Affairs assistant minister), Walter Nyambati (Kitutu Masaba) George Nyamweya (nominated MP) urged Kalonzo to name a candidate in the soonest time possible.
Others present were MPs Gideon Mbuvi, Victor Munyaka and PNU activist Stanley Livondo among others. “If you want to get our votes, you must name a leader from this area as your running mate. People from Kisii have a right for one of their own to be the vice president next year,” Onyonka said.
Former cabinet minister Henry Obwocha described Kalonzo as a leader who has not been tainted by any form of corruption or abuse of office. “As things are, there are only two serious contenders for the presidency, you (Kalonzo) and PM Raila Odinga,” he said. Kalonzo revealed that he was in talks with former cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae to seek his endorsement for the 2012 presidential quest. The VP addressed rallies at Chepilat, Keroka, Keumbu before holding a funds drive at Kioge in Kitutu Chache.
The Kisii vote is considered crucial with political analysts saying it is the “swing vote” in next year’s elections. Most presidential candidates including Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua have in the past one month toured Kisii and Nyamira to seek for votes.