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Monday, 13 Mar 2017 17:44 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Internal rifts within former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party came into the public limelight today when Machakos senator Johnson Muthama hosted party chairman and Kitui senator David Musila in a rally in Machakos town apparently without the blessing of the party leader.
Mr Musyoka concluded his Coast tour after he addressed rallies in Kilifi yesterday and cancelled a planned visit to Kwale County today which could have coincided with the Machakos rally at Mulu Mutisya Gardens.
The two senators, also flanked by MPs Major Marcus Muluvi (Kitui East) and Makali Mulu (Kitui Central) tore into the party’s nomination process and said there not going to be direct nomination to any Wiper candidate in what appeared as targeting a group of MPs operating under the title 'Wiper Express' purportedly pushing for direct party nominations.
Mr Muthama dismissed the memorandum of understanding recently signed between Mr Musyoka and Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana, saying it was not the kind of deal Mr Musyoka should be pursuing. “Kalonzo needs to form a coalition with national parties and not village ones”, the senator said, urging the crowd to endorse National Super Alliance (NASA) joint nomination which Wiper has already rejected.
Mr Musila, the Wiper Party chairman, clarified that the party had not issued direct nomination to any candidate, adding that people should ignore any claims by some Machakos aspirants. As the rally progressed, insiders within Wiper intimated to this website that Prof. Kibwana was destined for bigger role in the party as he was being co-opted at a top position.
The Wiper Express team is led by Robert Mbui, the Kathiani MP and party’s organizing secretary and includes MPs Patrick Makau (Mavoko), Stephen Mule (Matungulu), Dr Susan Musyoki (Machakos Women Representative) and Peter Mathuki, a member of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) who has declared to vie for Machakos gubernatorial seat. They were conspicuously missing at the Machakos rally.
Other Speakers at the rally included Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala who is vying for the governor’s seat and has support from Senator Muthama, several MCAs and aspirants.
The rally was held a day after Mr Musyoka concluded his campaign blitz in Kilifi. He was expected to be in Kwale today, but was pushed to a later date.