I donated Sh500 for Kalonzo’s by-election campaign in 1985 – Wetang’ula
Cord co-principals Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka have been friends since 1985, and it started with a Sh500 campaign donation.
“I first met him in 1985 when he wrote to me to ask for a donation for his by-election campaign. I donated Sh500, which was a lot of money then,” Mr Wetang’ula revealed in dinner on Tuesday evening.
“When he won, he wrote to say thank you and said that he won the by-election because of the donation. We have been friends ever since.”
Mr Wetang’ula was speaking at a card-only, black-tie dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate Mr Musyoka’s African Dignitary Man of the Year Award.
Mr Musyoka was feted by a humanitarian organisation, We Care for Humanity, for his humanitarian efforts through the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation.
The former Vice President was also feted because of his efforts in the peace talks that led to the formation of the South Sudan nation.
Mr Musyoka, then a Foreign Affairs Minister, chaired the peace talks that saw the division of the larger Sudan.
“The South Sudanese people will be forever grateful to Kalonzo for unchaining them from Arab colonialism,” said Cord leader Raila Odinga at the dinner.
Mr Odinga said that Mr Musyoka had epitomized the Kenyan dream of helping the less fortunate and preaching peace in his works.
BRIDGE THE GAP
“Kalonzo is trying to bridge the gap and provide opportunities to those that the system has denied,” said the ODM leader.
“We support you fully in this, my brother.”
Mr Wetang’ula said: ‘This award is not a historical mistake, it is not a guess; it is an altruism of the man Kalonzo Musyoka.”
“My brother, you have been focused all this time. You have made the right steps and God will reward you in his right time,” said Mr Wetang’ula.
Former Foreign Affairs minister Raphael Tuju said that the award should be celebrated by all Kenyans.
“This is an international award and we should all drop our political affiliations and celebrate it,” said Mr Tuju.
Wiper Party Secretary General Hassan Omar said that the Mr Musyoka party was ready for power.
“If you are corrupt, forget about a Wiper nomination. And when we ascend to power, 50 per cent of our government will be women,” said Mr Omar.
Mr Musyoka dedicated the award to his wife Pauline and the members of his foundation, as well as all Kenyans.