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Tuesday, 05 Sep 2017 14:56 EAT
Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana inched closer to his plan of controlling the County Assembly when his ally Douglas Mbilu was overwhelmingly elected the county assembly Speaker, ending the tenure of Stephen Ngelu who had used the former MCAs in the inaugural assembly after the 2013 constitution to frustrate Kibwana’s administration.
Prof Kibwana, who joined NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s running mate Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party ahead of the election, fiercely campaigned against the 30 former MCAs, with only one securing re-election on August 8 general elections. Mr Francis Mutungi of Kathonzweni ward was the only former MCA who was in the Assembly today as Mr Mbilu won after he got 35 votes, leaving the remaining 11 to be shared by among his opponents including Ngelu.
The news of Mbilu’s election was received with happiness and seen as uniting the Assembly and the County Executive headed by Prof Kibwana. Kalonzo was among the first who tweeted congratulating Mr Mbilu: “Congratulations @MbiluDouglas for your election as speaker of Makueni County Assembly. This is a new dawn @skmusyoka”.
Mr Mbilu joined the County government in 2013 as Chief of Staff and was later appointed Minister for Water, Irrigation and Environmental Services.
The new speaker was among the three officials in the governor’s administration who had lined up in a list of 10 candidates who had declared interest for the post. Mr Willie Malile who was second when votes were counted is Mbooni Sub-County administrator while the third was Makueni sub-county civic coordinator John Sila.
Other aspirants who had shown interest included Patrick Mutua, Brian Mutie, James Mbaluka, Juliana Kisimbii, Mary Muting’a and Stephen Masoo. Mr Ngelu, a Jubilee ally, was the force between the differences between the former MCAs and Prof Kibwana’s administration.
The governor survived an impeachment motion hatched by the MCAs in cahoots with Speaker Ngelu. The war between the MCAs and Kibwana administration peaked in 2014 when a meeting organized to plot an impeachment motion against the governor culminated in a gun drama that saw six people injured.
Afterwards a section of area residents petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to suspend the county government. 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.