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Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 16:14 EAT
Mahackos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala has threatened to leave the Wiper Party led by Kalonzo Musyoka after his gubernatorial rival Wavinya Ndeti was given a direct nomination. Mr Kiala has, however, not indicated whether he will defect to another political party or contest the seat as an independent candidate.
Mr Kiala was today frustrated when he appeared at Wiper headquarters in Nairobi following summons to appear with Ms Ndeti and a third opponent, Peter Mathuki, after the party postponed the gubernatorial nominations scheduled for today. He camped at the party offices from morning while his colleagues boycotted the meeting only to be told in the afternoon by Deputy Party Leader Farah Maalim that Ms Ndeti had already been issued with direct nomination certificate.
"This is very unfortunate. Why then was I summoned to party offices? I felt something was not right when Ms Ndeti and Mr Mathuki didn't show up at the party offices despite yesterday's statement that summoned the three of us", Mr Kiala told this website through his aide. The party had postponed the Machakos governor nominations earlier scheduled for today and summoned all aspirants for an urgent meeting.
"We are aware that people have been mobilised to interfere with the outcome of the nominations in Machakos," secretary general Hassan Omar said in a statement, and he accused incumbent governor Alfred Mutua of plots to tamper with the outcome of the nominations. "It is well known that there is a direct interest by one of the Jubilee affiliates, that is, Maendeleo Chap Chap through Governor Mutua," he said.
Mr Omar said elections for all other positions would go on but summoned the governorship aspirants to meet..."so that we agree on the way forward by either reorganising that process for April 26 before the close of the nominations, or find another practical way".
Earlier today Mr Kiala conceded to the summoning to the party headquarters and urged his supporters to remain calm. He however expressed fears that he was being taken for a ride and cited incidences where Wiper Party Deputy Organizing Secretary Mr Mathuki had allegedly bragged that he and Wavinya Ndeti had secured a direct nomination for the gubernatorial ticket.
"This is not only abuse of office, it is a mockery of democracy. When the Hon. Ndeti tells her supporters that she has a MoU with the Party leader ratified by Wiper Party NEC to give her a direct nomination, she must tell them when the NEC met, who attended and on what basis a direct nomination was ratified".
What Mr Kiala hinted in the statement has come to pass as the two never joined him at the meeting and the Party Deputy Leader Maalim was candid to him that the certificate was already issued. Mr Kiala condemned the party for "not living up to democratic principles".
If he joins another party or runs as an independent, that would eat into the same opposition support base he and Ms Ndeti enjoy and put Dr Mutua in good stead to win re-election.