Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,
14th November 2018
Kitui Members of National Assembly presser
We have called you here today to clarify on a statement issued by our Party Leader H.E. Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka in Tseikuru on Friday, concerning his working relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Party Leader has all along consulted with the party’s rank and file concerning vital political decisions, either directly, or through elected representatives. From Stony Athi, to Koma, all the way to the Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya’s National Executive Council resolution on working with the President, all the rules and procedures of political engagement have been followed to the letter.
At various meetings held in different venues, Hon. Kalonzo has always sought the go-ahead of his supporters before making decisions with far-reaching political implications.
At both Stoni Athi and Koma, wananchi mandated the Party Leader to go out and seek alliances for the benefit of the Party and its membership. That mandate had no reservations whatsoever.
During the NEC meeting held on July 28th 2018, the following resolution was reached:
“After consultations with our greater membership and party structures and in the spirit of a united Kenya, we commit to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta in his fight against corruption as well as his broad agenda of transforming this country under the Big Four agenda, which is part of Vision 2030.”
The NEC/PG Statement of July 28th concluded thus:
“It is now the decision of NEC/PG of the Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya to directly work with President Uhuru Kenyatta in his efforts to transform Kenya. Our Members of Parliament should stand guided by this Resolution.”
In fact, the Party Chair himself (Prof. Kivutha Kibwana) read the resolutions at both Koma and NEC meetings.
At the Tseikuru gathering, the Party Leader was not referring to any Party member when he said he did not want any questions asked. To the contrary, the Party Leader simply wanted to position the Party in readiness for 2022. The Party has always advocated for servant leadership and there is nothing wrong with the phrase “Mtu wa Mkono.” (For instance, Deputy President William Ruto often refers to himself as President Uhuru’s “Mtu wa Mkono” and apparently no leader has felt so irked by the phrase as to complain in the Press! Why should someone find offence with Hon. Kalonzo labeling himself as such, even when such a statement may have been made in jest?)
In conclusion, we are fully in support of the Party Leader as he sets his sights firmly on 2022. We urge the Party Leader not to be distracted by unnecessary sideshows.