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Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 13:50 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The newly-found Kamba political unity deal Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has struck with leaders of small parties from the region have agreed on joint campaign rallies with the first one scheduled for Wote, Makueni County, on Monday. Mr Musyoka met with the leaders today at Ole Sereni Hotel to further solidify their unity in support of his bid as National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer in readiness for August 8 general elections.
Party leaders present included former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Kaluki Ngilu (Narc), Makueni governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana who recently joined Wiper, but retained his Muungano Party, former water Minister Mutua Katuku (People’s Trust Party), and Wavinya Ndeti (Chama Cha Uzalendo). Others in attendance were Robert Mbui, the Kathiani MP and Wiper Organizing Secretary and Peter Mathuki of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) who is also Wiper Deputy Secretary General.
Mr Katuku, who initiated the talks, confirmed to this website the meeting and noted that the agreement is meant to solidify Kalonzo’s support base and bolster his bid for the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential ticket. “The meeting attended by the leaders of the five political parties led by Kalonzo have agreed on joint rallies with the first one to be held on Monday in Makueni. Prof Kibwana has been mandated with the organization of that meeting”, said Mr Katuku on phone.
The former Mwala MP said all parties in Ukambani will work with the Wiper Party leader in pushing the community agenda within the opposition NASA. The leaders, according to Mr Katuku, have resolved to push for Mr Musyoka to be the Nasa flag bearer and ensure the Kamba community votes as a block for the Opposition coalition.
“We’ve closed ranks on several issues but most importantly we want to ensure our community gets the best deal within Nasa in terms of budget allocations, power sharing and government appointments” Mr Katuku said.
Unlike Governor Kibwana who has ditched his party and decided to seek re-election on Wiper ticket, the other three will maintain their separate party identities and compete fairly for seats in county and national assemblies.
“Each of the five parties is free to field candidates for all elective seats except the presidency where we will be rooting for Kalonzo Musyoka or whoever will be picked within the Nasa umbrella” said Mr Katuku.