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Friday, 05 Aug 2016 18:21 EAT
The Kamba community will remain steadfast in the opposition coalition, CORD, despite the ruling Jubilee coalition’s efforts to make inroads into the region, a key regional leader has said.
Matungulu MP Stephen Mule has also expressed confidence that Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka will emerge victorious in the CORD presidential primaries and carry the coalition’s flag at the upcoming 2017 general elections.
Speaking to the media after an inspection tour of various projects by the national government in his constituency, Mule emphasized that Musyoka stood the best chance to defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta at the elections come next year.
Mule, who, like Musyoka, is a member of the Wiper Party, said the party enjoys solid support in the Ukambani region and warned leaders who are not in the party of a tough battle at the elections.
Mule dismissed the ‘Maendeleo Chap Chap’ party being fronted by Machakos governor Alfred Mutua, who has fallen out with the CORD coalition.
“We all know that our leader as the Kamba people is Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. As a community we are in Wiper Party and CORD and we will support him should he be nominated to carry CORD’s flags for the presidency. We also know he is the right man to remove the current regime from power,” he said.
The MP urged the people of Ukambani to register as voters in large numbers so as to support Musyoka and CORD in 2017. “Our people should register as voters in large numbers. In a democracy, strength lies in the numbers, and we need to show that we have the capacity to put Mr Musyoka in State House, with the support of other communities,” he said.
Governor Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap, which is expected to collaborate with Jubilee, is facing an uphill task popularizing itself in the region, which is seen as a major bloc for the opposition coalition, CORD.
Last week, the other party with a big following in Ukambani, ‘Chama Cha Uzalendo’ led by former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti, announced that it would rejoin the CORD coalition.
Wavinya has declared her intention to vie for the Machakos gubernatorial seat that she lost to Mutua in the 2013 general election.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press