Kalonzo makes no show at Devolution Conference as allies complain of neglect

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 24 Nov, 2021 23:06 | < 1 min read
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Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka at a past function. PHOTO | COURTESY

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka made headlines after missing the Wednesday Devolution Conference in Makueni.

Kalonzo missed the conference at a time when his allies cried fool of being intimidated by the organizers.

Some of Kalonzo’s handlers claimed that the hosting governor, Kivutha Kibwana locked them out of the occasions.

They claimed that the governor did not formally invite them. They said that Governor Kibwana only invited them verbally through Musyi FM, a Kamba radio station.

From the county, Kibwezi MP Patrick Musimba is the only Kalonzo’s ally who attended the conference that was graced by ODM leader Raila Odinga.

MP for Makueni, a constituency that houses Wote Town where the conference was held, Dan Maanzo vowed not to attend any session in the conference.

“As the host MP, I should have been there to invite guests but I was fought from the word go,” he told a local publication.

Maanzo claimed that he was shut out from the event after he opposed an order by the county government to bar donkey operators from the conference.

Maanzo also faulted Kibwana’s administration for failing to use formal ways to communicate with leaders from the region regarding the invite to the conference.

“The Speaker would then have released us for one week knowing we are at the conference. But this never happened,” he said.

“In other regions which have hosted the devolution conference, the regional MPs are always part of the meeting. But here we got no invitation,” he added as reported by the publication.

The allegations from the regions at a time when Kalonzo Musyoka and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana have been feud ever since the latter quit the Wiper party.