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Monday, 12 Jun 2017 20:22 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Former Kibwezi MP Richard Kalembe Ndile and other Jubilee leaders today faced hostile reception in Machakos County and could not even address the residents as they engaged in a road show campaign.
Their address at Masii Market was shouted down by the crowd which shouted “Wiper! Wiper! NASA!" telling the politicians to leave the town immediately. Mr Ndile, who is vying for Mavoko parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket, accused an unnamed politician of bribing the people to heckle them. But the crowd was agitated forcing them to proceed with their journey along the road where they faced similar hostile crowds.
This came as the Wiper party condemned recent statements by its former chairman David Musila (who resigned from it after losing the Kitui gubernatorial nomination and is currently running for the seat as an independent) and Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze both of whom were reported to have campaigned for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking during a rally on Sunday, the Senator asked youths to support the President on the basis of his record. "Vote for me as an independent candidate, elect Uhuru without minding his party," he was reported saying as he campaigned with Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze.
Today Monday, Wiper Executive Director Jared Siso condemned and disassociated the party from the utterances. "This is contrary to the stand of WDM-K that is of the view that the Jubilee presidential candidate and his regime have been massive failures in governance since 2013," he said.
Dr Siso said the party will seek a clarification from Mr Nyenze if he had shifted his allegiance from Wiper to Jubilee "...after which we will chart the way forward. The reports indicate that Kitui West are locked under Wiper/NASA and under the able leadership of Kalonzo Musyoka, whose support from the region is near fanatical," he said.
Mr Musila himself denied today endorsing President Kenyatta, saying he was misquoted by "unknown forces". "I did not endorse Uhuru and in fact, I did not endorse anyone. I have made it very clear that I am an independent candidate...I am not supporting Jubilee or anyone," he said during an interview on Citizen TV.
"I made it clear that anyone can be re-elected. That is where I mentioned that even Uhuru or NASA leader Raila Odinga can be elected. Someone is editing all this." He said he does not support any candidate ahead of the elections but noted that NASA should not reject the independent candidates.
"Usually I would support Jubilee Party...I mean NASA....because people know NASA here," Mr Musila added. The outgoing senator was seen as a major threat to incumbent governor Julius Malombe, but his unexpected endorsement of Jubilee and denial have been received badly by voters in Kitui, many of whom will be inclined that he would not have been a suitable candidate even in the Wiper party.