I was treated badly in G7, says Kalonzo

Written By Michael Maunda on Monday, December 3, 2012 | 8:56 PM

Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has said he walked away from further talks with TNA/URP over what he described as “mistreatment” by the two party leaders.
The VP said the pre-election alliance talks hit a snag after they failed to cede ground on who would be the presidential flag bearer.

Mr Musyoka, who was speaking during a farewell party for councillor Mututua Lila of Irkeek-Onyokie ward in Narok County on Saturday, said he was not happy with being treated as a “junior” partner.

He said the earlier agreement was that he runs for presidency, TNA leader Uhuru Kenyatta becomes his running mate while Eldoret North MP William Ruto was to become Majority Leader.
“I rejected the offer by the two, I would only accept a position of either running mate or above, short of that there was no compromise,” he said.

Raw deal
“We agreed on this arrangement but it never went well with supporters of William Ruto who felt they were given a raw deal. It’s then that they changed tack and pushed us aside and wanted me to be in the coalition with nothing to hold on,” he said.

He said the TNA/URP alliance was driven by tribal elements “that are not good for the social, economic and political destiny of the country”.

The VP at the same time dismissed alleged coalition talks with ODM leader Raila Odinga, saying he had not been consulted on the matter.

“I’m not attending both the Nakuru and Tononoka rallies, we also have not held talks with PM Raila Odinga and not until we sit with my party leaders and consult on which way to go,” he said.
Mr Musyoka said Wiper would announce the way forward after consulting party leaders before Tuesday.