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Monday, 17 Apr 2017 15:45 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Makueni governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana's re-election battle got tougher today after former Member of Parliament for Kaiti Gideon Ndambuki declared his interest in the position using the Jubilee Party ticket.
Mr Ndambuki, who is also a Chairman of National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and once assistant minister of Agriculture, revealed his plans to unseat Prof. Kibwana. He served as MP for Kaiti since 1997 and was appointed assistant minister in different ministries during the consecutive governments. He graduated with Bachelor of Science in Business (BSA) from the Emporia University of USA.
Following the actions of the Makueni incumbent governor of signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, this did not please Mr Ndambuki, who said the direct ticket was not fair. Furthermore, he blames Prof. Kibwana of failing in bringing the development to the people of Makueni past the four years he has been in the office.
Another aspirant Lloyd Masika defected from Wiper Party to the Party of New Democrats as a result of being displeased of how things happened in Wiper party following the direct ticket to Prof. Kibwana. Mr Masika is a successful businessman who invests in real estate and runs a company known as Lloyd Masika Limited.
While Jubilee Party is not expected to gain much traction with the voters, Mr Ndambuki is a veteran politician over the several decades and has strong grassroots links, while Mr Masika promised to bring Makueni County on the right track of development if he is elected as governor. It will be a battle to watch.