September 21st 2017

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Kibwana summons Makueni assembly, hopes to bury past enmities

The war peaked in 2014 when local leaders met the MCAs to hatch a plot to impeach Governor Kibwana. The meeting culminated in a gun drama that saw six people, among them Prof Kibwana's aides, injured.

By Phillip MuleeSaturday, 02 Sep 2017 16:31 EAT

Prof. Kibwana (r) when he was sworn-in for a second term at Unoa Grounds last month.

Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana has set Tuesday, September 5 as the first sitting of the new County Assembly. Surprisingly, out of the 30 MCAs who served in the previous assembly, only one successfully reclaimed his seat.

According to a press release dispatched yesterday, Kibwana said the sitting to start at 9am will witness the swearing in of the MCAs and election of the Speaker of the Assembly.

The nationally-reported differences between the Assembly and Prof Kibwana’s executive for much of the last five years is seen as the cause of the huge defeat of all MCAs except one Francis Mutungi of Kathonzweni Ward. The governor who survived impeachment attempt by the MCAs appears all set to have friendly Assembly after he fiercely campaigned against them.

Three officials in the Governor's administration are among the 10 candidates running for the Speaker’s post. They are Water executive Douglas Mbilu, Mbooni sub-county administrator Willie Malile and Makueni sub-county civic coordinator John Sila. All are lined up to replace former Speaker Stephen Ngelu who had ganged up with the former MCAs to frustrate Kibwana’s administration.

Other aspirants are Patrick Mutua, Brian Mutie, James Mbaluka, Juliana Kisimbii, Mary Muting’a and Stephen Masoo. Even though Ngelu, a Jubilee Party member, will be defending the position, his chances of reclaiming it are minimal.

Prof Kibwana who joined Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic comfortably captured his seat and saw the party win majority of the MCA seats- 19 in 30 wards.

The governor is out to stem the differences between the MCAs and the County Executive which paralysed his county administration during his first term in office. The war peaked in 2014 when local leaders met the MCAs to hatch a plot to impeach Governor Kibwana. The meeting culminated in a gun drama that saw six people, among them Prof Kibwana's aides, injured.

Afterwards, a section of area residents petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to suspend the county government, and the President set up a commission to inquire into the grievances raised in the petition.

Although the commission reported enough grounds to suspend the county government, President Kenyatta spared the county. However, bad blood continued between Prof Kibwana and the MCAs until the August 8 elections where 29 out of 30 were shown the door.

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