Is Kalonzo a serial flip flopper or victim of circumstances?
SEE ALSO :MPs clash over ‘Kalonzo kingpin’ debateHowever, speaking during an interview with a local TV station, Kalonzo painfully tried to explain what he meant, clarifying that he would never in his sound mind, propose Kenyatta’s third term as President. What he did not know is that the explanation ended up affirming the confusion. He said he meant that should the Constitution be amended to expand the executive, there would be a government of national unity post 2022 elections and that “you cannot rule out Uhuru in that arrangement.” He also clarified that he meant possibility of letting Uhuru take up the Prime Minister position. “I think Uhuru should go home but Kenyans might want him to stay owing to his fight against corruption,” he said. Many were left wondering if he had talked to Kenyans to gauge their satisfaction on the fight against corruption and the President’s performance. In 2010, during the referendum campaigns that gave birth to the new constitution, Kalonzo became the butt of jokes and was finally branded a watermelon for failing to take a clear and decisive stand on the referendum. As the campaigns heated up, Kalonzo seemed to find comfort in perching somewhere in between the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ teams, prompting ODM leader Raila Odinga to dismiss him as watermelon. But with the current calls to amend the constitution ahead of the 2022 elections, Kalonzo says he is vindicated and has turned the watermelon tag on his detractors.
Wrongfully profiled“I have been wrongfully profiled as indecisive, coward and a fence sitter. I am actually none of those, I act in the best interests of the country,” Kalonzo defended himself. From now on, he said, Kenyans will see a different side of him.
SEE ALSO :Gender bill flops again, a fourth time“You know when you are before a political audience, you say some things in jest which are quickly taken out of context,” he offered. When he is not being referred to as water melon, then he is a chameleon. The Wiper leader acquired the chameleon tag shortly after the disputed 2007 presidential elections that degenerated into deadly violence. As the country burned, Kalonzo quickly abandoned the opposition camp that was disputing the re-election of former President Mwai Kibaki and joined him in government. He was rewarded with the vice presidency. The cuckolded opposition camp branded him a chameleon, although his camp has always maintained he helped cool political tempers and quel the violence. Just before that election, Kalonzo had made a ‘katikati’ (in between) declaration that would for many years be used to haunt him.
Too diplomatic“Raisi Kibaki akiwa pande hii na Raila pande hii, Kalonzo na wakenya nitapita hapo katikati yao,” he said then. It was not until recently that none other than Deputy President William Ruto stopped making snide remarks against Kalonzo, occasionally referring to him as “yule jamaa wa katikati.” His failure to be sworn in alongside Raila only served to ridicule him further as a certified coward. Newspaper cartoonists have had a field day depicting him either as a watermelon or chameleon, and lately a chameleon resting inside a sliced watermelon fruit. Kalonzo has however taken it in his stride, although his allies say he is sometimes pained by what he considers malicious depiction of his character. Some within his circles say Kalonzo has fear of the unknown. He is said to be too cautious and would think so much about the consequences of his potential actions, something that would take him a while to make his mind. Others say he is too diplomatic and that his greatest undoing is trying to please every side of the political divide. Kalonzo, however, thinks he has the gift of foresight, which is lacking in many people. “God has given me ability to see far. I have the gift of vision,” he told a gathering at his Yatta farm recently.