October 23rd 2017

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Makueni governor, senator bag re-election with Wiper, Muungano merger deal

As a result, some candidates who had initially shown interest to contest for seats will be the casualties including real estate tycoon Lloyd Masika who had declared to vie for governor ship position on Wiper ticket.

By Joshua Mwangangijmwangangi@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 10 Feb 2017 12:44 EAT

Governor Kibwana (left) inking the deal with Mr Musyoka. (Photo: Courtesy/Gov Kibwana's Facebook page).

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party and Muungano Party led by Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana yesterday opened a new chapter of politics in the County.

First and foremost, it has ended a long protracted political war between Prof. Kibwana and Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr. With the governor migrating from his Muungano Party and joining Wiper party, means the two have been ‘married politically’.

Prof Kibwana signed a coalition agreement with Mr Musyoka at Ngwata Technical Institute in Kibwezi East where they later addressed residents to seal the deal. Among those who witnessed this agreement were: Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau, MPs Jessica Mbalu (Kibwezi East) Daniel Maanzo (Makueni) and Machakos’ women representative Dr Susan Musyoka.

Prof. Kibwana said he will give full support to Kalonzo because he is the only presidential candidate who is not corrupt. In a Twitter account update yesterday, the governor said: “We have today agreed to work closely with @skmusyoka to better advance the interests of Ukambani region at the national level.”

In the MoU, the two leaders agreed that the two parties will remain independent and each will sponsor candidates not sponsored by the other. Prof Kibwana will seek re-election on a Wiper ticket, and therefore Muungano will not field a candidate for the senator’s position.

As a result, some candidates who had initially shown interest to contest for seats will be the casualties including real estate tycoon Lloyd Masika who had declared to vie for governor ship position on Wiper ticket. Masika revealed this as he was addressing the public at Kikima market in Mbooni on 4 February last Saturday.

Dr Andrew Mulwa Mutava who had also announced that he would try to oust Senator Kilonzo Jr on Muungano Party will also be barred from contesting.

The details of the MoU have not been made public and therefore how the two parties would address discontent among members who had shown interest in contesting for electoral seats. If the matter is not well addressed they could be forced to decamp to other parties and contest for the same seats. 

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