By: MUSEMBI NZENGU
THE Wiper Party has rejected overtures by the ruling Jubilee Alliance to form a coalition ahead of the 2017 polls, party chairman David Musila disclosed at the weekend.
“Theirs is a full and shut house,” he said on Saturday.
Musila was speaking at his Migwani, Kitui, rural home when he hosted Kitui MCAs who had paid him a courtesy call led by Speaker George Ndotto. He said Wiper leaders were wise enough not to join a Jubilee bandwagon where they would be underdogs.
“The Jubilee men have asked us to shun our alliance with the lakeside people and join them. However, their political mathematics does not leave room for a new entrant. They have already declared that Uhuru will run for a second term in 2017, while Ruto will be flag-bearer in 2022 and 2027,” he said.
“We are keen to have our own on the ballot in 2017 and joining Jubilee will mean that we wait until 2032 for a possible Wiper candidate.”
Musalia however said the decision to field a Wiper presidential candidate in 2017 was not cast in stone and could be altered if the party’s general membership decides otherwise.
He said a meeting will be called to determine if it would be prudent for the party to wait until 2032 to have a presidential candidate. He also cautioned Wiper followers in Ukambani not to be swayed by the emerging political movements in the region.
“There are some politically immature Johnny-come-latelies who are blowing hot and cold and Wiper members should not follow them blindly. Our members should remain firm as we have one of our own run for president. If we fail, we will collectively walk tall with our heads high,” said Musila.
Meanwhile, Mavoko MP Patrick Makau has told off Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, urging him to stop sideshows and instead deliver viable services to residents.
Addressing a meeting at the Mavoko CDF offices in Athi River town on Monday, Makau said good leadership is that which empowers the “common mwananchi” economically, not that which uses propaganda to propel sideshows in premature political campaigns.
Makau said the governor had not done much in terms of development but uses media to publish public relations stories that have enabled him to build mountains on anthills.
He said there was no need for the county government of Machakos to utilize public funds and other resources in implementing projects that have no impact on poor residents.