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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:21 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Could Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama have withdrawn from defending his seat in order to avoid a clash with his estranged wife? The publication of nominees for various party tickets has revealed a not-so-well-kept secret in Machakos - that Mr Muthama's former wife is leading the Jubilee party campaigns in the region.
Though Ms Agnes Kavindu Muthama is running for the women representative post and not the senate one Mr Muthama holds, the mere fact that she joined the Jubilee Party has raised her profile in the governing party's ranks, putting her in charge of efforts to reach the youth and women's vote and a coordinator of sorts for Jubilee activities in Machakos.
In her present role, Mrs Muthama (yes, she's not abandoned the name) would be the polar opposite of Mr Muthama, a towering figure in Wiper party politics whose influence is felt in Machakos and way beyond. Her divorce proceedings against Senator Muthama are ongoing at the High Court.
Mrs Muthama's declaration to contest on the Jubilee ticket elicited divergent reactions in Machakos and nationally. One social media commentator held that NASA coalition had become a "hotbed" for politicians at war with their wives, citing Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula's physical fights with his wife two years ago.
Her campaign motto is Ni Kioko Kyeu (It's a New Dawn), promising a new era for Machakos women and families, a leader who is available and accessible.