Kalonzo, in what appears to be an all-out war against the DP, said Ruto should stop portraying himself as a nationalist. The Wiper boss said Ruto’s true colors were laid bare on how he distributed his 50 percent share of government.

The Nasa trio of Kalonzo, Raila Odinga, and Musalia Mudavadi have in the last few days opened political fire against Ruto in what is likely to define the 2022 presidential contest.

For the first time, Kalonzo—a soft-spoken politician not known for combative politics—claimed Ruto went as far as pushing out some Cabinet Secretaries from other communities to pave the way for politically correct individuals.

The Wiper boss gave an example of former Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, who was bundled out of the Cabinet after Jubilee’s reelection in 2017.

“Even Ambassador Mailu would be a minister today. I followed that story very closely with President Uhuru Kenyatta and I was told he [Uhuru] had no problem with Mailu. He would have continued as a minister,” Kalonzo stated.

He said the unceremonious exit of Mailu has left the whole Kamba land without a single Cabinet slot.

“You have a community with not a single minister and you really think you can come and confuse Wakamba with those monies of wheelbarrow economics?” the former Vice President asked.

“Since 1963 when this country had Independence, we used to have at least two Cabinet ministers from that community. This is not tribalism; it is the reality of the situation.”

“Who doesn’t know that President Uhuru Kenyatta got 50 percent of the government, William Ruto got 50 percent of the government to the exclusion of everybody else? At least President Uhuru took his 50 percent as a national leader,” Kalonzo said.

He added: “What did his counterpart [Ruto] do? Look at the structure of the government, you will be amazed.”

In what appears to be a simultaneous onslaught by Nasa bigwigs, on Monday ODM leader also questioned Ruto’s nationalistic ideology, saying the events of 2013 are still fresh in the memory of Kenyans.

According to the AU special envoy, all Ruto’s appointments were ethnic-based, especially in key parastatals and government agencies.

“When particular people are there [in power], the appointments that are made favor the people from their respective communities. If you go and look at the Cabinet of Jubilee in 2013, look at the PSs, look at the heads of the parastatals. Kenyans can see for themselves,” Raila said.

“You cannot be talking about being a nationalist and when given an opportunity then you basically appoint from your own community.”

Mudavadi’s ANC has also announced it will sponsor an impeachment motion against the DP when Parliament resumes sittings next month.

However, Belgut MP Nelson Koech – a Ruto man – defended the DP, saying the 2013 appointments met the constitutional threshold. He warned the Nasa leaders against what he termed retrogressive politics.

“I want to believe that every member who was put in the Cabinet had the qualification that was needed and was vetted by Parliament and every region represented,” Koech told the Star.

“Now that Kalonzo is in talking terms with Uhuru Kenyatta, maybe he can use that opportunity to tell Uhuru to shed off a section of Cabinet he is uncomfortable with and has members of his (Kalonzo’s) community considered.”

Speaking at his Wiper headquarters in Karen, Nairobi, Kalonzo backed Uhuru’s proposal that it is time for other communities to produce the next President.

“This is the way to go, accept that we can have unity in our diversity. People hide behind some call to confuse Kenyans so that their community can continue sitting on everybody else, already you are sitting on everybody. We shall speak this truth,” he said.

But Koech poured cold water on the suggestion, saying Kenya is not a monarchy.

“We are not in a monarchy for anyone to request for a rotational presidency. In this county it is a democracy, a president is elected based on the numbers of votes Kenyans would have cast,” he said.

“We don’t want to have a situation where we balkanize the country into regions.”

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