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5 Times Kalonzo Musyoka Has Been Changing His Mind Politically Getting The Name Watermelon

Kalonzo will vie for presidency if not picked as Raila's running mate -  Mutula Kilonzo JrWiper Democratic Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been labeled multiple times as having no definite political stance, earning him the moniker "watermelon."

During the 2010 referendum for a new constitution, Kalonzo was given the nickname because he appeared to be on both sides of the political split, supporting the constitutional movement while also opposing it.

The green color code was assigned to the "Yes" squad, while the red color code was assigned to the "No" team. Kalonzo was compared to a watermelon, which is green on the outside and red on the interior.

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Kalonzo, who had promised loyalty to Moi via his deeds and words, switched to the opposition, joining Raila Odinga, Martha Karua, and Mwai Kibaki in the coalition that created the government in 2002.

2007 electionsKalonzo Musyoka on Twitter: "Whatever different views people across our  country have, it is clear that the vast majority share the opinion that  Mwai Kibaki served our Nation with unparalleled dedication, a

In the succeeding 2007 election, Kalonzo refused to support either Raila or Kibaki for President, instead of going it alone and promising to "pass between" the two.

Supporting Uhuru in 2013Kalonzo directs Wiper MPs to back Uhuru on 8% fuel VAT

Kalonzo said in 2013 that he agreed to be President Uhuru Kenyatta's running mate in a tripartite pre-election deal, but backed out after Deputy President William Ruto changed his mind.

Supporting Raila Odinga for the third timeDetail of six-hour meeting that led to Raila-Kalonzo deal - The Nairobi  Review

In his own words, Kalonzo stated, "It is inconceivable for me, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, to back Raila Odinga for the third time... I'd be the dumbest person on the planet if I went and supported a presidential candidate without a reciprocity for the third time."

Attending running mate interviewsKalonzo: I had to face the interview panel, I don't want excuses » Capital  News

Later, on the interview deadline day, Kalonzo was the first to enter the interview room to face the panel.

Later, addressing the media, he stated, "I want to tell you that it was my decision to attend because I recognized we didn't want to give anybody a reason to say I didn't show there."

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