In Summary
  • After the 2007 election, he was part of trusted allies who negotiated a power-sharing deal with President Mwai Kibaki, which saw Mr Musyoka appointed VP.
  • It is their long political history that makes many Kenyans to believe his assertion that Mr Musyoka will team up with DP Ruto before 2022.

When former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama spoke this week about a possible political alliance between Wiper party boss Kalonzo Musyoka and Deputy President William Ruto, his claims fitted a consistent pattern that has defined his politics for the last 20 years.

By design or sheer coincidence, every election time, Mr Muthama, the self-declared sponsor of Wiper party, has been emerging as the main voice that determines which coalition Mr Musyoka joins, sparing no effort to achieve his political missions.

Like his name Muthama, which in Kamba means one who migrates often, his political journey reflects a man who never hesitates to jump from one political ship to another.

A wealthy businessman who loves bragging about his financial means, his abrasive style and sharp tongue makes his friendship and influence on the former vice-president so domineering to the extent of imposing his own preference on Mr Musyoka every election year.

The two have been bosom buddies since the Kanu days when the late Kamba political supremo, Mulu Mutisya, called shots in Ukambani politics, and in most times even their close aides are unable to tell the glue that binds them.

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One minute they’re bitterly quarrelling in public, the next they are laughing excitedly calling each other best of names, especially when they retreat in private meetings.

But most interesting is how the politician, who calls himself Kiamba (the baobab tree), managed to literally “auction” his buddy Mr Musyoka in the last three presidential elections of 2007, 2013 and 2017.

Other than his vast commercial exploits in real estate, the business of delivering Mr Musyoka to his preferred coalition or unlikely presidential candidates seems to have been politically lucrative as well.

After the 2007 election, he was part of trusted allies who negotiated a power-sharing deal with President Mwai Kibaki, which saw Mr Musyoka appointed VP.

The most dramatic was in 2013, when Mr Muthama forced Mr Musyoka to make a political about turn that saw him mend fences with his erstwhile political rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga, and accept to be his running mate.

At the height of ICC cases that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy faced at The Hague, Mr Musyoka, who was then serving as former President Mwai Kibaki’s deputy, was firmly in the G7 alliance with the two leaders.

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However, either by design or default, it took just one speech at a rally in Machakos stadium in late 2012 to scuttle the G7 union, leaving Mr Musyoka with no option than to join Mr Odinga — whom Mr Muthama preferred.

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