November 23rd 2017

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Wiper, Muungano alliance takes decisive control of Makueni County Assembly

“I urge the leaders to convene meetings with their members as soon as possible between today tomorrow (yesterday when the assembly met and today), for the purpose of nominating members to the various County Assembly Committees”, said a statement from the County Speaker Douglas Mbilu.

By Phillip MuleeThursday, 21 Sep 2017 15:03 EAT

Governor Kibwana (left) at the signing of the two parties' deal with Mr Musyoka. (File photo).

The Coalition signed between Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Muungano Party associated with Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana has seen the two parties take control of the leadership of Makueni County Assembly.

And the unity between the two parties played out in the sharing of the leadership of the majority in the County Assembly. Hon Kyalo Mumo of Wiper was elected the Leader of the Majority, which is Wiper, while his deputy is Hon Richard Kasyoki Kimongo of Muungano Party.

The same trend was also witnessed as Hon Jonathan Muunda Kimongo of Muungano captured the seat of the Majority Whip while Wiper’s Eng. Joseph Muema was elected as his deputy.

Meanwhile, former Water minister John Mutua Katuku’s People’s Trust Party (PTP) and former Anti-Corruption Director Harun Mwau’s Party of Independent Candidates of Kenya (PICK) have agreed on the second largest coalition of parties and shared minority leadership in the assembly.

Consequently Hon Wa Katete Kisungi Mulinge of PTP has been named as the Leader of the Minority, while Hon Tangai Julius of PICK is his deputy. PTP has also captured the position of the minority party Whip through Hon Kivinda Joseph Kahindu.

“Hon Tangai had also been proposed to hold the position of the Deputy Minority Whip, but because one cannot be the Deputy Minority Leader and Deputy Minority Whip, it is directed that he only holds the position of the Deputy Leader of the minority party.

“I urge the leaders to convene meetings with their members as soon as possible between today and tomorrow (yesterday when the assembly met and today), for the purpose of nominating members to the various County Assembly Committees”, said a statement from the County Speaker Douglas Mbilu.

Prof Kibwana, who reclaimed the seat on a Wiper ticket, has a friendly Assembly after his ally Mbilu was elected the Speaker to replace Stephen Ngelu whose administration of the Assembly frustrated the governor’s work in his first term since he was allied to Jubilee government.

The governor since he signed a MoU with Kalonzo, the two parties strategized their campaigns and the outcome saw Wiper with the majority MCAs followed by Muungano. And true to his determination, only one out of the 30 Makueni MCA retained his seat following the August 8 elections.

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