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Friday, 08 Jul 2016 12:38 EAT
A wave of political excitement has hit Kangundo and Matungulu constituencies in Machakos County whereby dozens of aspirants in various elective posts have rushed into early campaigns. The political rush has also sparked anxiety among the aspirants who have been quietly shopping for political parties they would ride on to ascend to power, amidst the ever changing political scenario in the region.
The incumbent MPs, Stephen Mule (Matungulu) and Kyengo Maweu (Kangundo)are facing a tough political battle mounted by their opponents who have vowed to wrestle them from their parliamentary seats in next year’s general election.
For instance in Matungulu, Mule is facing a fierce opposition from Dr.Charles Kilonzo, Thomas Musau and Kangundo Knut branch executive secretary Daniel Nginga, who have been telling voters that the MP had failed to bring about the much needed change in the electorates’livelihoods since he was voted to office.
But Mule has boldly shaken off the accusations, terming his competitors as ‘political idlers’ who have been taking advantage of funeral ceremonies to advance their agenda. In last year’s general election, Mule narrowly survived ouster after a petition filed by three of his competitors led by Thomas Musau went through. However, the outspoken MP beat his opponents and recaptured his
In Kangundo, the incumbent Kyengo Maweu is already battling growing opposition from numerous aspirants who want to unseat him as the nextMP. They include a former manager with the Cooperative Bank, Rose Wambua, Nairobi based lawyer Fabian Muli, Musembi Mulungye, Titus Kaloki, and businessman Athanas Ndolo. Others are Titus Nzeki alias
Kavila, and Dave Nyamu.
However, the aspirants are faced with another hurdle of branding themselves with regard to political parties that they want to use to contest the positions. Wiper, which was until last general election, the region’s predominant party, is now facing competition from Chama Cha Uzalendo led by former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti, and Governor Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap and Unity Movement which observers believe will transform into a political party ahead of 2017.
The entry of CCU and ‘Chap Chap’ in the region’s political landscape is likely to present a major litmus test to Kalonzo’s Wiper party, which has been criticized for allegedly conducting skewed
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press