Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi has dismissed Kalonzo’s cry following Raila’s declaration that he would not back any former NASA principals.
In a statement that excited the country, Raila said that he would not throw his weight behind his former co-principals in the defunct coalition, NASA.
‘Abandoned me in time of need’
“These leaders stood by me when I was campaigning until we got to the ballot. However, they retracted when I decided to be sworn-in. I was looking around for them but were not to be found. Why do they need me now when they ran away when I needed them the most? I will not pass the baton to anyone,” Raila had said on Saturday.
The move saw Wiper Party Leader come out in criticism of the ODM Leader. Kalonzo Musyoka defended his decision not to attend Raila’s mock swearing-in. He said that as a senior counsel, taking part in the illegal oath would have disqualified him.
Musalia Mudadavi’s ANC Party also released a statement, terming Raila’s remarks as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘reeking of indefensible deceit.’ ANC said that Raila had lied to them and snuck into Uhuru Park for the swearing-in. The Party alleged that Raila used the mock swearing-in to hasten his handshake with President Kenyatta.
Maangi dismisses cries for support
However, Kisii Deputy Governor, Joash Maangi, said that Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi had no right to demand support from Raila Odinga.
“Anyone can run for Presidency,” Maangi said on Citizen TV’s Day Break Show, “Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi have no right to demand support from Raila. This shows that they are losing.”
However, Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch said that there was nothing wrong with one seeking support from others.
“There is nothing wrong with look for support from someone they have worked with,” Oluoch said on the Day Break, “However when Raila Odinga decides whether to run for Presidency or not, it will be up to him to decide whom to lend his support.”
So far, Raila is occupied by Presidential ambitions from two bigwigs in his own Party. They are Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, and his Kakamega counterpart, Wycliffe Oparanya.