Maanzo stated in an interview with NTV that he was merely guiding Kalonzo and putting the best interests of the people first.
"Kalonzo was the most important factor in Raila's victory as a presidential candidate, and as soon as some guys removed him, the alliance began to crumble," he explained.
He stated that Kalonzo's decision to decamp was not a conspiracy to deny Raila votes and that Kenyans need a third political alternative to select from in addition to the two big alliances.
"As a candidate for president, he is capable of surprising voters. He will receive a large number of votes, not necessarily to thwart the chances of other candidates, but to allow Kenyans to use their constitutional right to vote for a leader of their choosing," Maanzo said.
Maanzo noted that Kalonzo's decision to severe ties with Raila was in accordance with the National Delegations Convention (NDC) directive.
"Kalonzo has not exceeded his mandate. The NDC authorized him to negotiate and collaborate with like-minded groups. This is exactly what he was doing, "Maanzo added.
The MP stated that the Kenyan Constitution does not have a provision for a Chief Cabinet Secretary and that such a position could only exist if the law amended.
Maanzo, however, opined that it is inapplicable given the framework in which the clause has been placed.
"The only way a Chief CS can be appointed is if a minister is granted additional administrative responsibilities, but you cannot appoint a chief minister without parliamentary approval," he added.
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