Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has denied claims that he has received Ksh7 billion from Jubilee to ditch Opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA).
Addressing the media at Wiper Headquarters in Nairobi on Friday, Kalonzo said that he is in NASA to stay and ready to be the coalition flag bearer in the August 8, 2017 elections.
“Reports that I have been bribed by Jubilee to ditch NASA are malicious and aimed at hindering by push for the presidency,” said Kalonzo Musyoka.
“This just means that I am a very influential person and I hold an important position in the August elections.”
The Wiper leader obliquely defended utterances by National Assembly Minority leader Francis Nyenze that he (Kalonzo) will ditch NASA if he is not picked as the flag bearer.
“Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and ODM Director of Elections Junet Mohamed have been on national television saying they would accept nothing short of a Raila Odinga presidential candidature. How come when Nyenze expresses his personal opinion it causes ripples?” He questioned.
Last week Nyenze said that Kalonzo will not be anyone’s running mate in the August elections adding that they can only go for the top slot, whether in NASA or as Wiper party.
The tussle over who will be NASA’s flag bearer has threatened to split the coalition with ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) all gunning for the top slot.
Another coalition principal Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya, who had also expressed interest in the presidential seat, has since gone mum.
For years, Wiper leaders have been pushing for a Kalonzo candidature, urging ODM leader Raila Odinga to honour a 2013 MOU signed between CORD partners (Raila, Kalonzo and Wetangula) that the ODM leader would let Kalonzo run for president in 2017.
Raila has however claimed that the MOU does not hold water since it would have only come into effect should he have won the 2013 presidential elections.
Analysts have indicated that should Kalonzo fail to get the flag bearer position, he may quit the coalition and run as an independent candidature as he did in 2007, where he came third behind Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga.
Kalonzo has in the past indicated that though he feels the coalition should support him, he is ready to sacrifice again to ensure Jubilee is defeated in August.
“I have sacrificed before and I am ready to sacrifice again to ensure we send Jubilee home,” Kalonzo said at the launch of NASA at Bomas of Kenya.