April 29th 2017

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Makueni governor's battle gets tough as Lloyd Masika enters fray

"I will offer myself as a gubernatorial candidate in order to bring Makueni back to the right track in matters of meaningful development," said Mr Masika.

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comMonday, 06 Feb 2017 14:11 EAT

Mr Masika addresses residents of Kali market in Mbooni Constituency. (Photo: Rose Mukonyo/Kenya Free Press).

The battle for Makueni gubernatorial seat has taken a fresh twist after businessman Lloyd David Masika declared interest to contest the seat on a Wiper Party ticket. Mr Masika, a veteran real estate dealer, made the declaration for the first time at Kikima Market in Mbooni constituency where he led a caravan to sensitize residents to register as voters.

His declaration comes barely a week after Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, in his tour of Makueni, invited Governor Kivutha Kibwana to join Wiper, a call the governor declined. Prof. Kibwana, who is the Muungano Party leader, had insisted that he had to first consult the people of Makueni before he could decide on whether or not to join the Musyoka-led party.

But yesterday, Mr Masika officially declared he was in the race to unseat Prof. Kibwana in the forthcoming general election and urged Makueni residents to register in large numbers as voters. He said if elected he will work with residents and elected MCAs to restore the county's development plan. "I will offer myself as a gubernatorial candidate in order to bring Makueni back to the right track in matters of meaningful development," said Mr Masika.

Mr Masika traversed different regions if Makueni including Kalawa, Kwa Mutisya and Iiani. Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti has also declared interest in the seat. The battle for Makueni gubernatorial seat has taken a fresh twist after businessman Lloyd David Masika declared interest to contest the seat on a Wiper Party ticket.

Elsewhere, Machakos gubernatorial hopeful Wavinya Ndeti has vowed to defeat Governor Alfred Mutua in the coming general election. Ms Ndeti, who addressed her supporters at various towns across Machakos, said the time to redeem the future of the county had come.

“Machakos belongs to all of us and it is high time residents register as voters to get rid of poor leadership and install the type of leaders who are genuinely interested in the wellbeing of residents,” she said. She addressed crowds at Molongo, Chumvi, Machakos Town and Kathiani where she encouraged residents to register in large numbers as voters.

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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