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Monday, 26 Sep 2016 13:40 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
A section of politicians allied to Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka now want the party’s elected leaders who have announced their defection to Jubilee Party (JP) subjected to a by-election.
Speaking in Kibwezi East constituency in Makuni County, Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and MPs Jessica Mbalu (Kibwezi East) and Rose Museo (Makueni County) demanded that the politicians who recently joined JP must be subjected to a by-election in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.
The calls come as political temperatures continue rise in the region widely perceived as an opposition stronghold, amid reports that JP was making inroads into the region’s voting bloc ahead of next year’s general elections.
Several Wiper MPs including John Munuve (Mwingi North), Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni) and Regina Ndambuki (Kilome) have already announced their defection to JP.
But addressing residents of Kambu market in Makueni County, Mutula Jnr, Ms Mbalu and Ms Museo said Jubilee Party defectors must be ready to face the legal consequences of jumping ship midway.
“National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart, Ekwe Ethuro must obey the constitution and initiate a process that will compel the defectors to seek a fresh mandate from the voters to represent them in their current political parties,” said Mutula Jnr.
Mutula said the constitution has express provisions as to what should happen when a serving elected leader defects or even confesses allegiance to a different political party.
His sentiments were echoed by Makueni Women representative Ms Museo, who dared the defectors to ‘come back’ and seek a fresh mandate from the electorate.
“Those who defected are like an airborne pilotless aircraft which is destined to crash in the fullness of time,” said Ms Museo, adding that Wiper still remained strong and unshaken by the defections.
Ms Mbalu accused the Jubilee administration of targeting leaders from the region in order to create ‘a political crisis’ and dim Kalonzo’s chances of ascending to power.
“Those who have decided to move did so in their individual capacities and did not consult the voters. They were merely bought off by Jubilee to serve their selfish interests,” she said.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.