Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, the Member of Parliament for Mwingi North, is the 10th Kenya’s Vice-President.Mr. Musyoka’s celebrations to mark his 25 consecutive years in Parliament is here with us.
He contested the 2007 disputed Presidential elections (10th General Election) and emerged third overall. President Mwai Kibaki then appointed him his deputy in January 2008.However, during the electioneering period, his famous declaration was “nitapita katikati yao na hawataniona” (I will pass right between them; they won’t know what hit them).
Whatever is highlighted above is now history. The pertinent question is- What does the future hold for him? The future is bright but he has to assess critically on the challenges ahead of him after the 2005 referendum exercise and the 2007 general elections.
A critical analysis of the two events will help him to shape his political destiny before 2012 general elections and craft his political path towards statehouse, the coveted seat of power in Kenya. With the new constitution in place, Mr. Musyoka has the herculean task of choosing carefully his running-mate, noting among other factors, bigger voting blocs.
Since 2012 is round the corner, the Vice-President has no option but to put in place his political strategy in order to be assured of a comfortable win in his grand march to statehouse. It includes a strong political party, good manifesto and grassroots mobilization to boost beyond any reasonable doubt his political fortunes.
The Prime Minister Mr. Raila Odinga will definitely cast his fishing gear wide and this will make the race to statehouse a two-horse race if the events of 2007 general elections are anything to go by. Otherwise, 2012 is an open race since President Kibaki will have completed his two-five year terms.
The 25 consecutive years in Parliament he is celebrating should be a time for Mr. Musyoka to plan well for the second presidential bid. After all, Mr. Odinga will be making a third presidential bid after 1997 and 2007 presidential debacles. History shows that Mr. Musyoka’s political track-record is exemplary. Also, his patriotism as a Kenyan and a leader is unquestionable.
The Vice-President has served Kenya in various ministerial dockets. They include among others, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tourism and Information, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
On the regional and international scene, Mr. Musyoka is not as new comer. He has wealth of experience in diplomacy and international relations, conflict management and foreign policy. It is therefore up to Kenyans to make a verdict on their leader who has risen through the political ranks from the rural background after graduating from the University and a stint of legal practice.