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Sunday, 30 Apr 2017 15:06 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
The Wiper Democratic Movement faces internal divisions after Kitui governor Dr Julius Malombe was issued with nomination certificate in a contested outcome by his rival and Senator David Musila. Mr Musila has blamed party leader Kalonzo Musyoka for his loss in the contest and promised to consult his supporters on his next political move.
The Senator, who has vehemently disputed the results in which governor Julius Malombe allegedly beat him by 88,328 votes to 74,308, says he was the actual winner of the contest after getting 81,234 votes against Dr Malombe's 70,899. He states that the party leader ordered the results generated by the governor's team be announced as legitimate.
"The party leader ordered results that were compiled by my opponent to be announced at Kitui tallying centre without reference to the National Election Board officials who fled Kitui town due to insecurity," he said.
Residents are eagerly awaiting to see what steps Mr Musila will take after being 'robbed’ of nomination victory. During his campaign rallies, Mr Musila told the residents that he is not against them voting for the candidates in other parties provided they choose the good leaders. He was responding to some of the leaders who are in Wiper party after they questioned him when he was spotted having a meeting with Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu who defected from Wiper party and joined Jubilee.
He said that those leaders were elected by the residents and he is not the one who choose them, therefore he can talk to them in betterment of the residents of Kitui county. “I do not have problem with you voting for the leaders in other political parties provided you are choosing the right ones”, said Mr Musila.
The action of awarding Dr Malombe the certificate, according to political analysts can be viewed as a set-up for him come the general election of 8 August. Political observers say Dr Malombe was voted to run the flag for the Kitui County in order to compete with Charity Kaluki Ngilu. This will give him a hard time to recapture his seat because Ms Ngilu is a skilled politician.
Mr Musyoka has in recent past held meetings with leaders of small political parties from Ukambani which resulted in his signing MoUs with them. First was Makueni governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana who signed an MoU with Wiper, through which he would seek reelection. Machakos gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti followed suit and was issued a direct Wiper direct nomination.
Now some people fear the former vice president could have set up Mr Musila to run as an independent candidate so he shares the anti-Ngilu bloc with Dr Malombe, which would ensure the former Lands cabinet secretary's easy election.