BY STEVE MKAWALE
The late Internal Security Minister George Saitoti was to be appointed First Deputy Prime Minister in the National Rainbow Coalition ( Narc) Government had President Kibaki honoured the pre-election Memorandum of Understanding.
Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka let the cat out of the bag Friday during the requiem Mass for Prof Saitoti when he recalled how he had dropped his presidential ambition and signed the MoU in which Raila Odinga was to become Prime Minister after the 2002 General Election.
Musyoka also alluded to a ‘Protocol Agreement’ he signed with Saitoti and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta for a joint bid in the 2012 General Election.
“Mr President, I don’t know if you can recall that Prof Saitoti, who is a mathematician signed without delay the MoU in which he was to become the first Deputy Prime Minister,” he said, as he eulogised the late Kajiado North MP.
The late Wamalwa was to become Kibaki’s Vice- President given that he was his running mate in 2002. It is not clear who was to become the second Prime Minister.
President Kibaki, then the National Alliance of Kenya (NAK) party flag bearer, entered into an accord with Prime Minister Odinga’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the late Vice- President Michael Wamalwa’s Ford-Kenya for a joint bid against Kanu’s presidential candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta.
But moments after assuming office, the National Rainbow Coalition disintegrated, leading to Odinga and Kalonzo being kicked out of the Cabinet after spearheading the rejection of the Proposed Constitution.
President Kibaki dissolved the Cabinet after his side ‘Yes’ side lost in the referendum. He co-opted opposition politicians, among them former Nyaribari-Chache MP Simeon Nyachae, then in Ford-People, into the Cabinet.
Friday at the Holy Family Minor Basilica, Kalonzo said Prof Saitoti was prepared to work with like-minded politicians for the sake of peaceful elections. Agriculture Minister Sally Kosgey recalled her first encounter with Prof Saitoti when he returned from studies abroad.
“We went to him in 1988 as academicians and told him we have an agenda for him and he talked us out of it. Again in 2002 we went to see him and he talked us out. We did not know why he did that but that is a story maybe we will have to tell later,” Kosgey told the congregation.
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