Ukambani Will Leave Raila – Wavinya Ndeti Threatens as She Issues Conditions
Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti threatened that the Kamba Community would withdraw its support for Raila Odinga if the former Prime Minister did not support Kalonzo Musyoka for the presidency.
The first-term governor made those remarks during a public participation exercise held at Kathiani Town on Tuesday, February 14.
The governor added that the community was tired of supporting Raila every electioneering period.
Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti speaks during a public participation exercise held at Kathiani Town on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.
“I am asking my party leader Kalonzo Musyoka without fear of contradiction that he must demand Raila supports him in 2027.
“Should Raila refuse, we will lead the whole community from withdrawing their support for the Azimio leader,” she threatened.
Wavinya revealed that the Kamba community had numbers to determine the national political outcome and should not be wished away.
“The politics of this country cannot be negotiated without factoring in the Kamba Community.
“With our numbers, it is sad to see some leaders having the audacity to mock us. They must style up and know that we are not ready to be misused,” she reiterated the importance of Ukambani votes.
Raila on December 28, 2022, revealed that he was not yet ready to retire from politics and hand over the baton to Kalonzo who supported him in the 2013, 2017, and 2022 general elections.
“I will not bow down to pressure from anyone who wants me to retire,” Raila vowed.
On his part, Kalonzo while being cagey, revealed that he would not be willing to support Raila a fourth time.
“The fool in me ended up supporting Raila for the third time, but that fool is wiser now than he was then,” he remarked on January 4, 2023.
On whether he will vie for the presidency in 2027, he revealed, “We have not sat as a party. We are going to call an executive council meeting, look at all those issues and develop a consensus.”
Wavinya’s sentiments come at a time when Mutula Kilonzo refused to lead Makueni County in supporting demonstrations held by Azimio.
“I will not go to the demonstrations until we get good roads, airports, and other projects which Nyanza region got from former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government,” the governor remarked during a past interview and has been conspicuously missing in Azimio rallies.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at Azimio PG in Machakos County on February 9, 2022.