October 18th 2017

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Kalonzo, Musila clash in Kitui tests former VP's clout in Ukambani

Addressing the press at Parliament Buildings, Mr Musila and MPs left no doubt that they were taking the war to Mr Musyoka. "This endorsement is not for Kalonzo to support me but a message for Kitui people to support me. I'm going to be a candidate regardless of the party,” said the senator.

By Joshua Mwangangijmwangangi@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 09 Feb 2017 12:11 EAT

The MPs address the press at Parliament Buildings yesterday.

The rift between former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and his Wiper Party chairman Senator David Musila over the opposition presidential candidate’s choice for Kitui governor has put him in a political quagmire. Mr Musyoka’s endorsement of the incumbent Dr Julius Malombe has not gone down well with Mr Musila who is all geared towards dethroning the incumbent come the August 8 polls.

And daggers seems to be drawn after Mr Musila vowed to push ahead and face Dr Malombe at the Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya primaries. Therefore the statement released by Kitui County Members of Parliament yesterday endorsing the gubernatorial candidature of Mr Musila didn’t come by surprise.

The MPs were candid when they presented the reasons as to why they are against Governor Malombe’s reign. They claimed that Dr Malombe had failed in appreciating their contribution in managing county affairs where the governor has neglected them and adopted a strategy of working with members of county assembly (MCAs) and aspiring members of parliament.

Furthermore, they said they had accorded Dr Malombe ample time to do his work but "poor service delivery and corruption have been reported each day", adding that minimal development had been realised with the close to Sh30 billion released for county development budget over the last four years.

The members of parliament led by the Minority Leader in Parliament Francis Nyenze strongly opposed Mr Musyoka’s endorsement of Dr Malombe to be re-elected a second time and consequently threw weight behind Senator Musila, whom they termed as the best aspiring candidate who can send the incumbent home.

Addressing the press at Parliament Buildings, Mr Musila and MPs left no doubt that they were taking the war to Mr Musyoka. "This endorsement is not for Kalonzo to support me but a message for Kitui people to support me. I'm going to be a candidate regardless of the party,” said the senator.

Mr Musila’s support from the MPs is an indication that Mr Musyoka is walking on a tight path as local Kitui politics is concerned. Political temperatures in Kitui County are on the high, and negative vibes there against Mr Musyoka could reveberate in Machakos and Makueni as well, where incumbent governors are facing tough re-election battles.

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