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For the second time in just 48 hours, the Makueni member of parliament and Kalonzo loyalist Dan Maanzo has appeared to politely warn his party leader against any working arrangement with the Deputy President and his United Democratic Alliance party. This comes after the former Vice-president issued a statement saying he was ready to work with any like-minded party. This was perceived by some to mean opening of doors to negotiations with Ruto. The Makueni legislator has now come out to explain what exactly Kalonzo meant by this.
Dan Maanzo was speaking after appearing on K24’s Punchline which was hosted by the station’s presenter Alan Abinadab Owino. Alongside Dan on the show were Nyamira senator Okong’o Omogeni, Migori County senator Achillo Ayacko and Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri who was joining virtually from Nakuru.
Dan Maanzo made it clear that although Kalonzo said he was ready to work with like-minded partners, this excluded UDA because the two parties didn’t share any ideologies especially on the issue of integrity. Maanzo added that on top of this, DP Ruto had already declared that UDA wasn’t ready for coalitions and anyone joining them had to disband their party which Wiper would never do.
Just a day earlier, Maanzo and and Benson Momanyi (Borabu) cautioned that it would be a big mistake for Kalonzo to support Ruto in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The lawmakers said Kalonzo is better off working with Raila if he must join any formation outside the One Kenya Alliance.
Kalonzo, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (Kanu), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) are currently in Oka.
Maanzo, a close confidant of Kalonzo said that it is wishful thinking for anyone to imagine Kalonzo can join Ruto.
“We will not join Ruto even the Kambas who are with him are few people who were in Jubilee last time and they were swept thoroughly in the last election. They are inconsequential,” Maanzo said.
“You know former Nasa principles understand each other better, we have gone through challenges together but we don’t know who Ruto is.”
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