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Monday, 05 Sep 2016 15:52 EAT
Kitui Senator David Musila’s bid for the gubernatorial seat got a major boost after a section of Kamba elders from Kitui endorsed it.
More than 10 members of the group drawn from Muthungue in Kitui East Constituency declared that Musila was the best person for the Kitui governorship. They made their declaration during Musila’s meet-the-people tour over the weekend.
The elders, who represent the senior age group in the Kamba community, welcomed Musila's bid saying that his leadership skills and experience placed him as the better candidate to unseat the incumbent Julius Malombe.
The endorsement comes at a time when the Senator and Governor Malombe are not seeing eye-to-eye despite being members of the most popular party in the area, Wiper Democratic Movement headed by former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.
The rift between the two leaders came to the fore late last year after all Kitui County MCAs visited the senator at his Migwani home as part of his effort to chart a new political course.
After the visit, a number of MCAs mentioned Musila"s interest in the gubernatorial seat come 2017; to the chagrin of Governor Malombe.
Kitui County Assembly Speaker George Ndotto was quick to clarify that it was the MCAs who requested to visit their senator.
Both the senator and the governor were elected on a Wiper Party ticket in 2013 something which might be a challenge in 2017 during the nominations exercise due to the fact that Musila is the Wiper Party Chairman.
Malombe insists that if Musila wants to vie for the governor’s seat he should relinquish his position as the chairman of the Wiper Party.
“We object to anybody holding a party position as he might use it to rig others out,” said Malombe earlier in a meeting with the press.
The scramble for the seat of governor is also in many other counties with a sizeable number of senators already lining up to unseat the incumbent governors.
For instance,in Nairobi, Governor Evans Kidero is facing a stiff challenge from Senator Mike Mbuvi alias “Sonko”. Peter Munya of Meru is also facing a challenge from Senator Kiraitu Murungi. In Kakamega, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya will face off with senator Bonny Khalwale.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press