I’ll be on ballot in 2022 polls, Kalonzo vows

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has declared that he will be in the presidential race in the 2022 General Election and ruled out the possibility of backing  another candidate.

The party leadership also endorsed his candidature and pledged to reach out to every corner of the country to rally support, even as it criticised a recent statement by ODM deputy leader Hassan Joho that the party plans to sponsor a presidential candidate in the next election.

Wiper chairman Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana said ODM’s intention to field a candidate contravenes the 2017 Nasa coalition agreement.

“We want to know if the remarks made by Joho were on behalf of the ODM party. If his remarks represent the party’s stand, then ODM has contravened an agreement made in 2017 where the party was not supposed to present a presidential candidate in 2022,” Kibwana said.

Speaking during the unveiling of new Wiper offices in Nairobi yesterday, Kalonzo, who backed ODM’s Raila Odinga in the 2013 and 2017 elections, also supported calls for constitutional review saying there is need to fix the electoral system, address inclusivity issues, strengthen devolution and the system of governance.

The Wiper leader at the same time called on the National Assembly to come up with  a law to facilitate the proposed lifestyle audit of public officials.

Saying he supported President Uhuru Kenyatta’s call for a lifestyle audit to combat corruption, Kalonzo urged the National Assembly to create a legal framework to facilitate the audit.

“We support calls for an immediate lifestyle audit of all top public and State officers. To actualise this, we propose the establishment of a legal framework to guide the process of the lifestyle audit to ensure no one escapes scrutiny. Once this framework is in place, international audit firms should be involved to work closely with local agencies,” he said.

He urged the government to come up with strict measures to ensure that illegally acquired public resources are recovered. Kalonzo appealed to the investigating agencies to extend the war on corruption to the private sector.

“While we support the ongoing fight against corruption in public offices, we call on investigating agencies to expand the dragnet to cover private sector actors involved in the complex web of corruption in Kenya,” he said.

The former Vice President said the country has been in the global limelight because of institutionalized corruption and asked the government to move beyond statements of intent and institute concrete action to end the vice.

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