Kalonzo Musyoka: This is why I was branded a ‘Watermelon’.

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Just four days after declaring his ‘renewed friendship’ with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka appears to have landed a new diplomatic role.

On Monday, Kalonzo accompanied Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma to Juba to deliver Uhuru’s congratulatory message to President Salva Kiir for implementing the South Sudan peace agreement.

Kiir entered into a deal with rebel leader Riek Machar, ending years of bloody conflict.

During his father’s burial last Friday, Kalonzo said he will not mind being Uhuru’s “mtu wa mkono” – errand boy.

He even ‘threatened’ those who will meddle with his relationship with the President of unspecified action.

“From today, let no one separate me and my brother Uhuru. I have accepted to run his errands. Those who will attempt to interfere will see my other side,” Kalonzo said.

Although there has not been official communication on the former Vice President’s new role, he is largely expected to monitor the peace process as the head of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC).

His imminent elevation to a diplomatic role comes barely a month after ODM party leader and fellow Nasa principal Raila Odinga was appointed African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa

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A few months ago NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka  lifted the lid on who gave him the ‘watermelon’ tag.

Speaking during the ODM National Governance Council Meeting , Musyoka stated that he was given the name by NASA leader Raila Odinga.

He also divulged that he is used to the name and even enjoys it.

“I am beginning to like this watermelon thing. In fact, it is a beautiful fruit.

“Let me tell you the truth today. The one who gave me the watermelon tag is Raila Odinga,” revealed Musyoka amidst bursts of laughter from the crowd.

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He further joked that ODM might change its party symbol from an orange to a watermelon.

During his speech, the Wiper Party leader reiterated that his party was firmly in NASA and leaders should desist from divisive politics.

In what looked like a swipe at those who called him a coward for missing the ‘swearing-in’, Kalonzo stated that it was a shame he was being fought by leaders in his own camp.

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“You cannot stand here and accuse a coalition principal of cowardice. This causes damage to the coalition.

“Don’t try to divide us. Raila will no longer go to the streets to protest because he is the President so we will now do the dirty work to ensure there is democracy,” he reiterated

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