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Ukambani-based parties seeking election pact with Wiper, NASA

In the deal, Prof. Kibwana became a Wiper member, through which he would seek re-election and his Muungano Party will not field a gubernatorial candidate. Consequently, Wiper will not field a candidate where Muungano has one.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 08 Mar 2017 17:09 EAT

From left John Mutua Katuku, Charity Kaluki Ngilu, Wavinya Ndeti and Prof Kivutha Kibwana at an undisclosed meeting venue. (Photo: Correspondent/Kenya Free Press).

Leaders of small political parties that draw their support from the three Ukambani counties of Makueni, Kitui and Machakos are holding consultative meetings to draft a common understanding as they front for Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to be National Super Alliance (NASA) flag-bearer.

The new initiative is informed by the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Mr Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya and Makueni governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana led Muungano Party. 

According to a source privy to the meetings, Charity Kaluki Ngilu (Narc), John Mutua Katuku (Peoples Trust Party-PTP), Wavinya Ndeti (Chama Cha Uzalendo -CCU) and Prof Kibwana who represented Wiper/Muungano have met to discuss opportunities available for the community under NASA government.

“We had a good meeting yesterday and we are meeting again today at 6pm with other stakeholders. We are working on a serious political alliance in our region before we move to negotiate with other regions. We want to negotiate for Kamba community rather than individuals as it has been the case before”, our source who sought anonymity to avoid jeopardizing other members said.

The source declined to disclose the venue of the meeting, but confirmed that NASA Co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka was expected to grace today’s meeting. The ongoing consultative meetings could be geared towards forming a united force for the community and agree on power sharing among elected leaders from the respective parties.

It is, however, remains to be seen whether the talks could culminate to signing a deal similar to the one Prof. Kibwana signed with Mr Musyoka. In the deal, Prof. Kibwana became a Wiper member, through which he would seek re-election and his Muungano Party will not field a gubernatorial candidate. Consequently, Wiper will not field a candidate where Muungano has one.

Ms Ngilu is contesting for Kitui gubernatorial seat also being contested by Wiper has chairman and Kitui Senator David Musila who defeated her for the seat in 2013. The two are facing the incumbent Dr Julius Malombe of Wiper. Mr Katuku is squaring it out with chairman of Wiper resource mobilization committee Johnson Muthama for Machakos Senator.

Ms Ndeti on her part is contesting for Machakos gubernatorial seat against current deputy governor Bernard Kiala and member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Peter Mathuki.

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