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Saturday, 20 May 2017 17:18 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Raila Odinga's deputy presidential running mate in the National Super Alliance (NASA) Kalonzo Musyoka was today heckled and forced to cut short his speech in Kitui County after revisiting the Wiper gubernatorial primaries in the region where Senator David Musila accused him of masterminding rigging in favour of incumbent Dr Julius Malombe.
Mr Musyoka, who was among mourners who attended the burial of Alice Kivwea Musila, mother to Mr Musila, at Itoloni village, Migwani sub county, faced the wrath of the crowd when he touched the controversial party nominations. Senator Musila, who until last month was the Wiper party chairman, resigned from the party after nomination fallouts in Kitui and is now contesting as an independent candidate.
The heckling came just a day after Mr Musyoka met Ukambani leaders at Machakos Gold Club, before addressing a rally at Mulu Mutisya Gardens where he appeared to test waters on the ground after the party primaries which saw Mr Musila leave the party while Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama withdrew his re-election bid on the party's ticket.
“I urge those who lost in the nominations to work with the winners. Even the chairman’s seat will not be filled until after the Kitui election results,” said Mr Musyoka in what appeared like he still believes Mr Musila would take over the Wiper chairmanship after the elections.
Others who attended today’s burial included NASA principal and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, Senator Muthama, Senetor Mutula Kilonzo Jr of Makueni, leader of minority in parliament Francis Nyenze among others. Speakers at the burial campaigned directly for Mr Musila to be elected the governor of Kitui come August 8 general elections.
Mr Wetangula said Mr Musila was justified to hold the position of Kitui governor. “I have worked with David Musila well. Raila (Odinga), Mudavadi (Musalia) and I met with David Musila and assured him of our support. We have asked him to lead NASA campaigns and we will be having a final strategy meeting,” he said.
Mr Kilonzo spoke in parables, but Mr Muthama directly urged Mr Musyoka to "keep off" Kitui politics to allow people decide who their next governor would be. Mr Muthama didn’t mince his words in throwing weight behind Mr Musila’s gubernatorial bid.
Mr Nyenze, who is also leading Wiper rebellious Members of Parliament who have defied the party’s leader, supported the senator’s candidature.