Kalonzo extends olive branch to rebel Wiper party leaders

By: PIUS MAUNDU

In what looks like an attempt to solidify his political base ahead of 2017 elections, Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka has extended an olive branch to errant members.

Among them is Mr Francis Mutuku, the Makueni County Assembly Majority Leader whom Wiper had expelled for being “undisciplined.”

“Beginning today, Musso should work with Governor Kibwana,” said Mr Musyoka, referring to Mr Mutuku by his nickname.

He was speaking Friday at Mukuyuni market in Kaiti Constituency when he officiated a funds drive for a county women fund.

“As Wiper, we have totally forgiven you,” added the Wiper party leader to the deafening applause of the audience.

At the peak of squabbles between Makueni County Assembly and the Executive mainly over budgeting, Wiper had struck out Mr Mutuku from its list, for what the party said was his failure to restrain the majority of the ward representatives from impeaching Governor Kibwana.

At one point, Prof Kibwana lashed out at Mr Musyoka’s party for allowing his Wiper legislators to trouble his administration.

Announcing the punishment to reporters in October 2014, Mr Musyoka said: “We have given an opportunity to those who are not satisfied with the party to leave it.”

But thanks to a court order, Mr Mutuku survived an ouster as the the majority leader that Wiper, the main party in the region, had slapped on him and other leaders in the region among them his Machakos counterpart Mr Joshua Mwanga.

Apparently aware of the dangers of leaving the party dissents in the cold, Prof Kibwana has been calling for their reinstatement.

MUTUA FORAYS

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has been seen to be taking advantage of the squabbles to entrench his dominance in Ukambani politics.

Through his Maendeleo Chap Chap movement, Dr Mutua has been lashing out at other leaders whom he accuses of not doing much to bring development in Ukambani.

Embracing the gesture by Mr Musyoka, Mr Mutuku commended his party leader for what he termed as letting him off the hook.

“I am excited because of the forgiveness I have received today from the party leader,” said Mr Mutuku, adding that had been lost during the suspension period.

Promising to work well with Governor Kibwana, Mr Mutuku called upon the county leaders to work together in harmony.

The Wiper leader reiterated that Makueni County was closer to his heart than any other devolved unit in the region and called on all Wiper Party dissents, among them Mbooni MP Kisoi Munyao and Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki to return to the party.

“I have no problem with any leader,” said Mr Musyoka during the funds drive which raised over Sh19 million.

The fundraiser was organised by Makueni woman representative Rose Museo.

Prof Kibwana urged Cord co-principals to consider picking Mr Musyoka as the coalition’s flag bearer for the 2017 presidential race.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION