August 19th 2017

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Crisis in Wiper Party as leaders reject Kalonzo's deal with Kibwana

“Kalonzo needs to resolve the internal wars in Wiper especially in Machakos and Kitui counties where he is reading from different scripts with senators Johnson Muthama and David Musila respectively”, said a party insider who declined to be named.

By Phillip MuleeThursday, 16 Feb 2017 13:34 EAT

Mr Musyoka with Prof. Kibwana after signing MOU agreement last week. (Photo: Courtesy/Mr Musyoka's Facebook page).

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has ignited more trouble in his Wiper party after signing a memorandum of understanding with Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana of Muungani Party. Local members of the Wiper party in Makueni have rejected the MoU which mandates Prof Kibwana to contest for re-election on a Wiper ticket.

Former cabinet minister Gideon Ndambuki who has declared interest on the gubernatorial seat to challenge Prof. Kibwana has threatened to go to court to challenge the MoU. And real estate tycoon Lloyd David Masika who had also joined the race to unseat Prof. Kibwana in the August 8 general election on Wiper ticket has also rejected the MoU and vowed to go for the seat. They say the MoU constitutes an unfair direct nomination.

Prof Kibwana is also facing internal war within his Muungano Party with leaders against the implementation of the MoU for fear of being blocked from contesting. Dr Mulwa Mutava, the current executive county member in charge of Health Services in the County government of Makueni, who had announced to face off with Wiper party’s vice chairman, Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr, has stood ground that he is not relenting.

According to insiders, the MoU which Mr Musyoka signed with Prof. Kibwana says that the two parties will not be competing, meaning if Wiper sponsor gubernatorial seat, Muungano will not field a candidate for the same post.

Due to the wrangling within Wiper and Muungano Party, the MoU has remained in the shelves after leaders failed to agree on the way forward during the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last week, according to party insiders. “Kalonzo needs to resolve the internal wars in Wiper especially in Machakos and Kitui counties where he is reading from different scripts with senators Johnson Muthama and David Musila respectively”, said a party insider who declined to be named.

Mr Muthama ignited more fire in Wiper on Monday when he sensationally claimed that he was mandated by the late Kwale senator Juma Boy Juma to ensure that ODM leader Raila Odinga clinches the NASA ticket to contest for the presidency in 2017. Mr Muthama made these remarks during the funeral of the late Senator in Vanga in the event also attended by Mr Musyoka.

This was the latest statement the senator was making that appeared to contradict his Wiper party position to back former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka. According to reports, Mr Muthama was given a tongue lashing by Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar. The sensational claims came even as reports emerged that Juma Boy was unconscious in the days leading to his death, when Mr Muthama apparently spoke with him.

It is reported that Mr Musyoka later met Wiper politicians in Mombasa where he complained about Muthama’s comments. Kalonzo is also in a war path with Musila after he apparently endorsed the Kitui Governor Julius Malombe for the seat while aware that the Senator had already joined the seat.

The senator has gone full throttle in his campaigns and there are fears that the rift pitting Mr Musyoka on one side and the two senators on the other was threatening the Ex-VP’s ambitions of being identified as opposition NASA flag bearer.

The Daily Nation recently quoted Mr Musyoka's allies fearing that the Wiper leader would bolt out of NASA to run for president on the party’s ticket, thus weakening the Opposition and hand Wiper the betrayer’s tag.

The report quoted party leaders, among them Kitui Senator David Musila and Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, warning Kalonzo that he would be on his own if he opted out of Nasa.

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