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Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 19:32 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
The Machakos gubernatorial race is bound to take a new turn after Chama Cha Uzalendo leader Wavinya Ndeti unveiled her deputy in waiting last weekend. Addressing hundreds of believers and supporters who had come to witness the end of her 40-day mourning period after the demise of her husband the late Prince Henry Oduwole at her Kinanie home, Ms Ndeti unveiled Boniface Kabaka, a former legal advisor of Machakos County Government, as her running mate.
Mr Kabaka him had contested the county's senatorial position in the 2013 election and come second after Senator Johnstone Muthama. He was later hired in the county government as a legal advisor but later fell out with Governor Alfred Mutua after allegations that the governor ignored his legal advice. Political analysts had earlier speculated that Ms Ndeti would take Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala as her running mate stating that a Wavinya-Kiala government would be the best to sent Governor Mutua packing but the two could not agree on who to be the governor.
Mr Kiala had earlier announced his interest in the gubernatorial seat when he launched "Ugatuzi na Kiala" (Devolution with Kiala) a civic education program. On alleged divisions in Wiper party on whether or not the 'smaller parties' should be dissolved, as Senator Muthama had proposed, Ms Ndeti said that she would not fold up her Chama Cha Uzalendo party but will be supporting Kalonzo Musyoka as the presidential candidate. "CCU has been registered the same way Wiper and all the other parties were registered so there is no small party or a big party," she said.
Ms Wavinya said she had no problem with Muthama being the senator and would support his candidature. She will be fronting A CCU women representative, MPs and MCAs in the forth coming general elections. Her announcement is seen as the beginning of her going separate ways with the Deputy Governor Kiala who is yet to announce his running mate although in a recent gathering, Mr Muthama is said to have fronted the Women Rep. Dr Susan Musyoka.
Governor Mutua will have to defend his seat from Ms Ndeti and Mr Kiala who may have massive support based on the fact that Mutua has been earlier accused of mismanagement of county resources and barely survived imminent impeachment.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.