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Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 15:50 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
An East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP, Peter Mathuki has finally declared his interest in Machakos gubernatorial seat currently held by Alfred Mutua. Mr Mathuki, who is also the Wiper party deputy secretary general said at a press briefing Monday afternoon that he is the best bet to beat the incumbent in the August 8th general election.
“Wiper party cannot afford under any circumstances to lose the Machakos gubernatorial seat in the coming election and that is why I have offered myself to participate in the party primaries where I believe I will emerge the winner,” he said.
Mr Mathuki claimed Governor Mutua and his administration had ‘terribly failed’ in their mandate to initiate meaningful development for the residents of Machakos. “I am presenting myself to the residents of Machakos to offer them alternative and visionary leadership which resonates well with the will and expectations of residents,” said Mathuki.
Senator Johnstone Muthama has been abrasively selling the candidature of Mr Kiala, and has been telling voters to back his bid for the gubernatorial position. But the entry of Mathuki into the race could complicate things for Mr Kiala, who happens to come from the same constituency (Masinga).
Mr Mathuki, who is considered a close ally of Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka will face off with deputy governor, Bernard Kiala who is also seeking the Wiper party ticket to contest the same seat. During his tour of lower Eastern region to encourage residents to register as voters, Mr Musyoka while addressing a crowd at the Machakos Bus Park insisted that the party will not offer direct nomination to any aspirant.
“Anyone aspiring to contest for any elective position should bear in mind that there will be no favoritism whatsoever. All aspirants will have to undergo a free and fair process of nominations so that the party presents the most popular candidates for the main election,” said Mr Musyoka.
Also in the race to unseat Dr Mutua is former Kathiani MP and Chama Cha Uzalendo party leader, Wavinya Ndeti who made her declaration last year, and named lawyer Boniface Kabaka as her running mate.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.