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Kalonzo will be Raila’s running mate in August polls

Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr has told members of the Wiper Party that Kalonzo Musyoka will be Raila Odinga’s running mate in the comings polls.

Mutula told a gathering of the party aspirants that Azimio la Umoja had already settled on Kalonzo to deputize the ODM boss.

He said it was just a matter of time before an official announcement is made.

“I want to tell you that the next deputy president will be from Wiper,” he said.

The Wiper Vice-chair also urged the aspirants not to decamp from the party after the nominations should they lose, “because after all, this is a government party.”

“Support the winning aspirant because when in government, you will all be accommodated,” he said.

“There’s no need to have Kalonzo be the deputy president but have fewer seats. We want to get the political party’s funds.”

On Tuesday, Kalonzo threw a spanner in the works in the Azimio la Umoja movement, suggesting that Odinga’s search for a running mate is settled.

For the first time since formally teaming up with Raila, Kalonzo hinted that he would deputise Raila.

Responding to questions from journalists on whether he had been assured of the number two slot, Kalonzo said he did not want to discuss “the obvious”.

“Let us not talk about the obvious. From now henceforth, I think we should avoid discussing the obvious,” he said.

Over two weeks ago, Kalonzo said he was ready to forgo the running mate position if he is assured of a third of the government.  

It is not however clear how the Wiper leader would be accommodated in Azimio if he misses the position.

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