Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has caused a storm in the CORD coalition after telling co-principals Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka to endorse Raila Odinga since he was the most popular among the three.
Speaking in Homa Bay County during a rally on Sunday, Joho said, “Who among the CORD principals has the most supporters if not Raila Odinga?”
It’s this statement that caused Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo on Monday to respond fiercely telling Joho to respect Kalonzo and Wetangula if he wanted the coalition to survive.
“These miscalculated statements are causing the coalition to appear like a limping duck. With this, the coalition will soon face its sunset years,” Kilonzo affirmed.
The senator stated that leaders in Ford-Kenya and Wiper Party had restrained from making such statements because of political maturity and being committed to the alliance.
The Makueni Senator urged leaders in the coalition to leave the 15-member bi-partisan CORD management committee to identify the suitable flagbearer without making reckless statements.
Ford-Kenya Secretary-General Eseli Simiyu urged leaders in ODM to desist from making such statements which threatened the unity of the alliance ahead of the 2017 Elections.
The Orange Party has in the recent past maintained that the former Prime Minister must be in the ballot box in the upcoming General Election, with both Kalonzo and Wetangula exuding confidence that they are the best placed to trounce President Uhuru Kenyatta.