August 18th 2017

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Kalonzo takes Muthama, Musila head-on, rules out independent candidates from Ukambani

“I will not tolerate such behaviours shown by Muthama. You are either with us or not, you cannot say that you will campaign for Raila and not Wiper because they are one entity and distancing yourself from Wiper means you are not in NASA too,” Mr Musyoka told the senator.

By Liza Makenalmakena@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 22 May 2017 14:08 EAT

Senator Muthama (left) with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has moved to put order in his party with a stern warning to Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama to toe the line. The NASA deputy presidential running mate has at the same time declared that the party will not accommodate independent candidates in Ukambani who are vying after losing in its nominations.

Even though he did not give names, Mr Musyoka appeared to refer to Kitui Senator David Musila who is vying for the gubernatorial seat after losing Wiper nomination to the incumbent Dr Julius Malombe. Mr Musila is his former top ally and chairman of the Wiper party until his resignation last month.

On Saturday, Mr Musyoka was heckled during the burial of Alice Kivwea Musila, Senator Musila’s mother when he said he did not interfere with Wiper in nominations in Kitui County. Mr Musila accused Mr Musyoka of rigging him out in favour of Dr Malombe, before he resigned as party chairman and launched an independent run for the governor’s seat.

"I am always an honest and transparent person. I'm stating clearly that I wasn't involved in the Wiper nominations", Mr Musyoka had said, a comment that angered the mourners who started to shout him down. Mr Muthama ignited the crowd when he told Mr Musyoka to stop giving Kitui residents "incompetent people", adding that he cannot withstand when residents are being mistreated.

And speaking yesterday after a church service in Mavoko Constituency, Machakos County, an agitated Mr Musyoka said he would no longer condone utterances attributed to Mr Muthama made to demean his political standing in the region and nationally. He dismissed Mr Muthama's claims that he interfered with Wiper primaries to lock out candidates allied to the Senator.

“I will not tolerate such behaviours shown by Muthama. You are either with us or not, you cannot say that you will campaign for Raila and not Wiper because they are one entity and distancing yourself from Wiper means you are not in NASA too,” Mr Musyoka told the senator, who also last week moved to mend fences with the party.

The bad blood between the two and cracks within Wiper Party seemed to have been resolved when Kalonzo and Muthama shared the same podium during the funeral of Mr Musila's mother on Saturday but the latest twist throws everything into shambles. The simmering bad blood between Kalonzo and Muthama has been building since the senator threatened to reveal devastating secrets about the party leader.

“I do not rush into things and you know that. I take my time, but when I do, I do not hold back. What I have and what I am promising to reveal is shocking information that will shake the whole country,” Mr Muthama was recently quoted saying.

On his part, Kalonzo seemed to take cue from NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga who also denounced independent candidates saying he would be a useless deputy president if NASA coalition failed to get enough Members of Parliament, Governors and Members of the County Assembly elected on his party.

"Hata Raila mwenyewe atashangaa Kalonzo ni naibue wa aina gani kama Wiper haitakuwa na wabunge, ma seneta na ma gavana kwa tikiti cha Wiper. (Raila himself would be shocked what kind of deputy I am if my party does not win parliamentary, senatorial and governorship positions in this election)," Mr Musyoka said.

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