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Kitui the new focus of Ukambani politics as Musila's governor campaign reshapes region

Out of the county’s seven parliamentary seats, Wiper members hold four, and all have thrown their weight behind Mr Musila. The other three: Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South), Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central) and John Munuve (Mwingi North) have joined the ruling Jubilee Party.

By Phillip MuleeMonday, 14 Nov 2016 17:28 EAT

Senator David Musila (in white Cap) and Kitui Rural MP Charles Nyamai join traditional dancers at Kwovonza market today. (Photo: Free Press Correspondent).

Senator David Musila’s shift to contest the gubernatorial seat in Kitui County is reshaping local politicsm. With the campaigns for the governor's seat having begun in earnest, the contest is now drawing attention within the three Ukambani Counties of Kitui, Machakos and Makueni and beyond. Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is also keenly being watched by observers who recognise his capacity to influence the outcome of the election.

Mr Musila is squaring it out with the incumbent Dr Julius Malombe and former Cabinet Secretary Mrs Charity Kaluki Ngilu who are seen on their right as strong candidates. Out of the county’s seven parliamentary seats, Wiper members hold four, and all have thrown their weight behind Mr Musila, along with Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South). The other two Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central) and John Munuve (Mwingi North) have ditched Wiper and joined the ruling Jubilee Party.

Attention is now on Wiper nomination and Dr Malombe is reportedly warming towards Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana’s Muungano Party for fear that Senator Musila, who is also the chairman of the Wiper Party, will win the primaries by either hook or crook. Mr Musila has however insisted that party nominations will be free and fair and told Mr Malombe to bravely face him in the race.

This afternoon, the senator held a number of events in Kitui Rural Constituency where he promised voters that he would utilize the billions of shillings the county receives in national allocations and local revenues for their benefit should he clinch the position of governor after the 2017 polls. He was hosted by area MP Charles Mutisya Nyamai, with whom he addressed rallies at Kwa Vonza market along the Nairobi-Kitui road and Kiusyani shopping centre which also serves as the headquarters of Kitui Rural Sub County.

The rally was also attended by the leader of minority in the National Assembly who is also Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze. Other Wiper MPs supporting Musila’s candidature include Women Representative Ms Nyiva Mwendwa, Benson Makali Mulu (KItui Central), Marcus Mutua Muluvi (Kitui East) and Bernard Munywoki Kitungi (Mwingi West).

Addressing the rally, Mr Nyamai promised to campaign in every part of his constituency to make sure that Mr Musila was voted overwhelmingly. “I can assure you that mr Musila has what it takes to propel this County to greater heights of development. It is unfortunate that Dr Malombe has failed to utilize billions of shillings allocated to the county for the benefit of the residents”, said the MP.

Mr Musila said his agenda was to ensure that devolved resources reach every part of the County. “When you vote for me you vote development” he said adding that he has laid down a strategic plan to put in place when he should be elected the next governor. Last week Musila made an extensive campaign blitz of the County by touring Malalani within Kitui East constituency and Tharaka in Mwingi North Constituency.

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