By Athman Amran
Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has shifted to a combative style ahead of elections. He has decided to throw punch for punch and even deliver the first against rivals.
The ‘new-look’ Kalonzo says he no longer wants to retain the image of a timid politician.
He has also aggressively started his campaign strategy of promising to fight corruption, delivering economic transformation, creating jobs, and ensuring food security through irrigation.
The ‘new’ Kalonzo emerged a week after Water Minister Charity Ngilu hinted she may be vying for president and after Prime Minister Raila Odinga insisted the next election would be a fight between reformists and non-reformists.
Ngilu had played the reformist card when she hinted she could be in the race for president.
“This country still yearns for real leadership and reformers. Previous regimes must give way for reformers to take this country forward,” Ngilu said during the memorial service of her husband Michael Ngilu at her Ithookwe home in Kitui Central constituency.
During the 22nd Saba Saba Day on July 7, Kalonzo vowed he would be a different politician. He alleged his political rivals claiming to be reformists were hypocrites.
The VP hit out at Ngilu even before she officially enters the presidential race by alluding unnamed people were trying to use her to compete with him for the Kamba vote.
“My opponents are angry that so far from south Eastern, I have no opponent for president. So they are looking for one. Mujuwe mutawekewa mtu (be aware that a rival would be planted in Kamba land to compete me),” Kalonzo said.
His comments were targeted at Ms Ngilu, whose party, Narc, is working with Raila’s ODM. Kalonzo claimed the rival who would be planted would end up being “someone else’s running mate” or would be given some position in Government.