“I am not terminally ill,” Mwatela tells her political detractors

Former CBK Deputy Governor, Jecinta Mwatela has termed as malicious, rumours that she is terminally ill and thus unfit to contest the Taita-Taveta gubernatorial seat in August polls.

Ms. Mwatela, the only woman amongst eight candidates vying for gubernatorial post in the region, termed such rumours as sickening and meant to frighten people against making her their governor.

She added that a male competitor whom she did not name was the source of the rumour.

Speaking at the weekend, Ms. Mwatela said she was as healthy as she could be and such propaganda against her only showed her popularity was causing panic in her competitors’ camp.

When one say that I will die when I am elected as governor, does he have power over my life? Only God does, she retorted.

Ms. Mwatela is vying for the post on Amani National Congress (ANC) party. In 2013, she unsuccessfully vied for the same post under Wiper party against the incumbent John Mruttu and lost narrowly with a margin of 2,400 votes.

Her attempts to challenge the validity of the vote in court flopped after it upheld Mruttu’s victory.

A visibly upset Ms. Mwatela said her challenger had written her candidature off and only got shocked to see the heroic welcome she got during National Super Alliance (NASA) meet-the-people tour in the region a fortnight ago.

During the NASA tour to the region on June 9, Ms. Mwatela was introduced as ANC gubernatorial candidate alongside, Thomas Mwadeghu of ODM and Granton Samboja of Wiper.

The gubernatorial race has attracted eight candidates. Others include the incumbent governor John Mruttu as Independent, Erastus Katani, Independent; Emmauel Kisombe; Independent and Dr. Constantine Mwadime, Maendeleo Chapchap.

Source: Kenya News Agency