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Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016 15:21 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
There are fears that Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua could be losing his political influence and grip of the electorate, following what appears to be ‘a mass exodus’ of some of his most trusted foot soldiers both inside and outside his government.
The scenario has been precipitated by the widely propagated narrative that the Governor has been generally unwilling or unable to take expert advice, let alone fulfilling pre-election pledges he made to Machakos residents. Dr Mutua, in his own words, had vowed to make Machakos a model county and transform the livelihoods of residents in a record five years after assuming power.
Within weeks of being sworn in, the former Government Spokesman made history as the first Governor to constitute his cabinet (read County Executive Committee) and immediately thereafter appointed other senior ranking officers in a ‘Chap Chap’ style of doing things. He also convened the first ever county investment forum in which dozens of local and foreign investors reportedly committed to inject over Sh80 billion to set up factories and create thousands of jobs for residents.
It was around that time when the ‘Maendeleo Chap Chap’ philosophy (now a registered political party), was born. A good number of elected members of the national assembly drawn from several constituencies across Machakos County decided to join hands with Dr Mutua. They included Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala) Itwiku Mbai (Masinga) and Francis Mwangangi (Yatta). The five would attend Mutua’s rallies, dance to Mutua’s political tune and even criticize anyone who dared to discredit the Governor-whether he (Mutua) was right or wrong.
But now, Mutua’s political star appears to be dimming by the day, if the recent developments in his government are anything to go by. During his visit to Masinga Sub County last week, Mutua came face to face with cold reception by locals who booed him when he attempted to address residents at a stopover in Matuu town.
His current right-hand man, Masinga Central MCA Francis Mwonga, was also shouted down by residents at his own backyard, something which sent signals that all might not be well in the governor’s leadership. Several high ranking officers serving in his government have also quit, citing Mutua’s ‘intolerance and poor implementation of policies’ by his Government.
For instance, Dr Mutua’s former communications director, Sylvester Mutune, former Chief Officer in the Water docket Lemi Muia, former political advisor and head of research, Tedd Munovi and most recently director of the Machakos People’s Park, Meshack Musyoki - all youthful and well trained officers have resigned from Dr Mutua’s government.
Sources say majority of them are positioning themselves to join camps of politicians who are strategizing to ensure Mutua is voted out of office in next year’s general election. Again, all legislators who had been supporting Dr Mutua have avoided his Maendeleo Chap Chap movement and joined President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party, effectively rendering the Governor a political lone ranger. Reports that a total of 46 MCAs out of 59 had also signed up to support a forthcoming impeachment motion planned against Dr Mutua appears to be the final nail on the coffin with regard to his reign in power.
Ikombe MCA, Nathaniel Nganga in an interview with the Kenya Free Press confirmed a motion of impeachment of Dr Mutua will soon be tabled on the floor of the county assembly.