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Kalonzo tells Ngilu off, says she was late convert

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday told former Cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu to “give him peace and stop interfering with his party’s affairs”. He said at the moment, it will be difficult to accommodate Ngilu’s Narc because he needs to deliver many political seats in August Election to have bargaining power in National Super Alliance (Nasa).

“If she really wanted to work with us, she should have officially warmed up to Nasa like other affiliate parties,” he said yesterday at a Nasa rally in Kyusyani, Kitui which was skipped by Ngilu.

At the same time, the Nasa flag bearer’s running mate declared he has buried his differences with Machakos senator Johnston Muthama for the sake of unity in the party.

“I am happy that senator Muthama, who is with us here, has promised to work together and I am sure will vigorously campaign for Nasa as a team,” he said. Muthama said nobody can separate him and Kalonzo.

“I was one of the co-founders of Wiper and will be the last person to see it disintegrate,” he said. Jubilee scare The Nasa team had taken its campaigns to Ukambani in a bid to consolidate support in the region after a survey showed Jubilee has made inroads with 25 per cent support almost two weeks to the elections.

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga said the tour of the county “is to salvage Wiper”, one of the Nasa affiliate parties from Jubilee onslaught and asked the voters to shelve their support of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.

“We admit there was a delay to visit the county and although there could have been issues, we have come with a message to plead with residents to help us send home President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto,” he said.

He said Nasa will not relent in its course to monitor the election process from distribution of materials, voting, counting and announcing the results to prevent manipulation to give Jubilee victory.

“We will fulfill all our pledges unlike Jubilee that has failed to complete its manifesto including provision of laptops in primary schools yet it wants voters to give them another chance to continue marginalising some communities,” he said.

Raila said in addition to ensuring full free primary and secondary education, Nasa will pay senior citizens a stipend of Sh3,500 per month saying the Sh2,000 being given by Jubilee administration is “too little compared to the cost of living”.

Other leaders accompanying Raila were Muthama, Kathiani MP Robert Mbui and his Kitui rural counter part Charles Nyamai, governors Julius Malombe (Kitui) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni).

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