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Monday, 03 Apr 2017 12:36 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Flamboyant businessman and Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama could be shifting his political base to Nairobi, according to reliable sources within the CORD coalition. Today, the senator, speaking on a Kamba radio station, also hinted that he was likely to vie for the Nairobi senatorial seat, though on a Wiper Party ticket and not on ODM as was previously speculated.
The vocal senator whose statements in political rallies have landed him in court over hate speech charges said due to his political maturity, he could be elected in any part of the country since he is above tribal politics. “As a leader it is important to articulate important and national issues that not necessarily affect your community, but cutting across others. That is why being a leader is being able to lead other people apart from those in your home turf,” he said.
While Mr Muthama remains extremely popular among the CORD coalition's national support base, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s close allies accuse him of furthering the political agenda of ODM leader Raila Odinga to be NASA flag bearer which Mr Musyoka is fiercely fighting for.
Should Mr Muthama shift to Nairobi, former Water Minister John Mutua Katuku, the leader of Peoples’ Trust Party (PTP) would have an easy ride to be the next Senator of Machakos after striking a partnership deal with Mr Musyoka as well as other small parties including former minister Charity Ngilu's NARC and Machakos gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti's Chama Cha Uzalendo.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’s Maendelo Chap Chap (MCC) party is also sponsoring a candidate, Henry Kioko, but his strength is yet to be seen. No candidate has come out publicly to declare interest for the seat on the Jubilee Party ticket.
Mr Muthama in a live radio show at Musyi FM confirmed his intention of shifting his political base to the city, but added that some Machakos residents were uncomfortable with the move. He however said discussions were underway to agree on way forward.
The senator bragged of his “exceptional leadership skills” that have made him a favourite across the country. “I’m waiting for the people’s decision as there are still Machakos electorates who are opposed to the idea,” he added.