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Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 11:29 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and dozens of MPs and MCAs who defected from Wiper party have come under fire during party leader Kalonzo Musyoka's tour of Ukambani on a voter mobilization mission. A tough talking Mr Musyoka described the defectors as ‘political conmen’ who rode on his back to power only to swear allegiance to other political outfits.
“Those people used my name and rode on my back to get elected and you recently saw their actions; they chose to auction the community politically. You voters must teach them a lesson in the forthcoming elections,” said the former vice president amid cheers from the crowd. Mr Musyoka, who addressed a mammoth gathering at Machakos Bus Park on Monday accompanied by Senator Johnstone Muthama and several MPs allied to Wiper party urged voters to reject leaders who ‘betrayed the party’ and by extension the Kamba community.
Governor Mutua, who last year launched his Maendeleo Chap Chap party and is currently popularising the outfit countrywide, has in particular angered Wiper party top guns who have accused the Governor of disloyalty. Others include MPs Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni), Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central), John Munuve (Mwingi North), Regina Ndambuki (Kilome), and Richard Makenga (Kaiti) who defected to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party.
On Tuesday, a well-placed source within Wiper party told the Kenya Free Press that besides pressing for Mr Musyoka’s stake to become the opposition’s presidential flag bearer in the forthcoming election, the party’s machinery is working on an ‘elaborate political strategy’ to mobilize residents to vote out all party rebels come August 8th. “The party has been planning to launch a fierce political storm that will sweep all rebels offshore and you can be sure none of them (rebels) will survive,” said the source.
We have established that the Wiper camp is still divided over the candidate who should be fronted to face Dr Mutua in the battle for the gubernatorial seat. So far, Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama has been aggressively selling the candidature of Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala, who fell out with his boss barely two years after taking office. Last Sunday, Peter Mathuki, an East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP-who is a close ally of Mr Musyoka, announced in Athi River that he would be running for the gubernatorial seat.
There is also a third force, former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti who turned down Mr Muthama’s calls to fold up her party (CCU) and join Wiper. Ms Ndeti, who polled second after Dr Mutua in 2013, is widely considered the strongest force to unseat the governor, and has insisted her name must be on the ballot this year. It is this complication, according to political analysts that could see Dr Mutua survive the looming onslaught by Wiper and those who oppose him.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.