With internal differences simmering and which have threatened to muzzle his clout as the Ukambani political tin god- Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is not taking chances.
Kalonzo was in the better part of today holed up in a closed door meeting that brought together all Wiper MPs and MCAs.
The former Vice-President is torn between a hardliner group pushing for expulsion of party national chairman Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana while the other, consisting of moderate MPs, calling for dialogue and reconciliation.
The hardliners, who include former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua and Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi, want Prof Kibwana kicked out of the party so that he can seek fresh mandate from Makueni voters using another political party.
Then, there are the moderates who include MPs Makali Mulu (Kitui Central), Jessica Mbalu (Kibwezi east), Charles Nguna (Mwingi west) and Dr Irene Kasalu (Women rep Kitui) among others have called for dialogue, saying the party should listen to Governor Kibwana and his colleagues.
In a precedented move- the good Prof. was not invited to the meeting.
It is not clear which camp will carry the day but sources indicated that Mr Musyoka favours the moderates and has tasked some elders to mediate their differences.
“I’ll not attend that meeting because I wasn’t invited, but if Wiper leadership thinks they can intimidate us into supporting a certain political narrative, they are deeply mistaken because Kenya has changed and grown in democracy terms,” he said.