The leader of the Wiper Party, Kalonzo Musyoka, is currently chastising the Kamba community for what he views as cowardice in the community’s poor participation in the biweekly anti-government protests.
Speaking on behalf of the Kamba people during the burial of Machakos businessman and longtime ally Pius Musembi on Wednesday in Makueni, Musyoka suggested that the Kamba people act like the Luo in the future if they want to effectively support a presidential candidate.
“If you Kambas behaved like Luos, this seat we would clinch the following day. The cowardice that we displayed… If we were like Musembi, the whole nation would take notice. These things are never given, they are grabbed. You go for it!” he said.
“And if you want to quote the bible, Matthew 12:11: Since the days of John the Baptist, the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent shall take it by force.”
According to the former vice president, his clan has long supported candidates from other communities, whether or not they support their own, in the belief that they will likewise be supported in return.
“Who are you waiting to come and say ‘we are returning the favour?’ There is no such thing when it comes to leadership of a nation, you go for it!” Kalonzo said.
Addressing former Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu who was in the audience, and has been notably absent from the protests, Kalonzo said: “My sister Charity, I want to see you next time, if I am demonstrating I want to see you there.”
After three days of anti-government demonstrations, the majority of which took place in Nairobi and Kisumu, opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday called off the protests and declared himself open to talks to resolve the major disagreements they have with President William Ruto’s administration.