BY KENDI NJERU FOR EDAILY
President Uhuru Kenyatta took a swipe at Nasa co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka during his campaign rally in Marimanti, Tharaka Nithi County Thursday, saying the former Vice President has been unfairly debasing the Jubilee administration’s achievements, yet during his (Kalonzo) time in government, Kalonzo “did not launch a single development project for the people of Tharaka”.
“Even if he (Kalonzo) is your neighbour, let us be honest. For 35 years he has been active in politics – from Moi’s government to Kibaki’s, when he was the nation’s Vice President. Please point out any single development project that the katikati fellow (Musyoka) rolled out for the Tharaka people. He has not even built a single toilet for you,” the Head of State said.
President Kenyatta in June this year launched a Ksh274 million stadium at Kirubia in Chuka/Igambang’ombe, Tharaka Nithi County.
The Head of State subtly made reference to the Kirubia stadium as a key project rolled out by the Jubilee administration, which he said will benefit the people of Tharaka.
Sitting on a five-acre piece of land, the stadium will have a tartan track, swimming pool, football, rugby and volleyball pitches and a gymnasium.
Uhuru’s statement toward Kalonzo while in Tharaka comes barely a month after he (Uhuru) urged the Wiper Party leader to ditch Nasa and join the Jubilee formation.
“I urge my brother Kalonzo not to be misled by Raila Odinga (flag bearer). Come and work with us. When I leave office, you can work with William and move this country forward,” Uhuru said early last month during his tour of Kitui County.
But Kalonzo, would later, say he cannot join the “sinking Jubilee ship”, whose leaders do not stand a chance of winning the August 8 general election.
“It is comical for Uhuru and Ruto to ask me to join them as they march towards Opposition trenches, for that is surely where they will be after NASA takes over power,” he said.
In yet another statement early July, Kalonzo said the utterances by presidency in Kitui reflected frustration and bitterness in the Jubilee Party. “…their repeated foray into the Lower Eastern region have failed to bear any tangible results.”
The Wiper chief rubbished claims that he had done nothing for his people.
“The fact that I was re-elected four times as Mwingi North MP is evidence of the confidence the electorate had in my leadership abilities,” he said.
Kalonzo further said that any under-development in any part of Kenya should be blamed on past presidents Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki, as well as Uhuru.