The Wiper Party Leader, Kalonzo Musyoka retreated to his political backyard to drum up support for Wiper candidates who are facing stiff competition from Jubilee nominees.
Kalonzo, who addressed mammoth party adherents in Tseikuru, Kyuso and Kamwuongo areas endorsed Kitui County Governor, Dr. Julius Malombe to run for a second term terming his scorecard as impeccable and results oriented.
Speaking to Kenya News Agency on Wednesday at Nzalea in Mwingi West after inspecting development projects, Governor Malombe rubbished the quest by former Lands Cabinet Secretary, Charity Ngilu to wrestle the gubernatorial mantle saying she cannot be trusted.
Ngilu was at the helm of ministerial appointments and everywhere she has been there are scandals associated with her leadership, said the Governor.
He cited Umaa dam where the government sank billions of shillings. We have not seen her fruits, only sour grapes riddled without corrupt allegations. Kitui residents cannot entrust the management of county resources under her watch, he said.
Governor Malombe took a swipe at independent candidates, adding that Wiper is the party of choice to enable the formation of a strong county and national government capable of delivering its pre-election pledges as espoused in the National Super Alliance (NASA) manifesto.
I appeal to you to elect the NASA government and all Wiper candidates in this county on August 8. Entrust Wiper with your future, added the Governor.
The race has also attracted former Wiper Party Chairman and current Kitui County Senator, David Musila who fell out with Kalonzo citing frustrations after what he termed as bungled party nominations.
Musila and Malombe were elected on a Wiper ticket in the 2013 national poll and are set to battle it out for the county’s gubernatorial ticket in the forth coming general elections.
Kalonzo has not been seeing eye-to-eye since Musila expressed interest to oust Malombe from his seat sometime in 2015.
Musila is urging Kalonzo to stop meddling with the county politics so as to allow the county residents a chance to elect a governor of their choice.
Despite several attempts to compel him to back Malombe, Musila said that nobody would talk him out of his gubernatorial ambitions and advised Malombe to prepare for a resounding defeat.
I will not disappoint the people of Kitui who want me to become their next governor because they believe in my leadership. They say Malombe has fallen short of their expectations. Let him prepare to go home, added Musila.
Last year, Wiper lost six of its members, including Machakos Governor, Dr. Alfred Mutua and MPs, John Munuve (Mwingi North), Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central), Richard Makenga (Kaiti), Regina Ndambuki (Kilome) and Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni) to Jubilee Party.
Source: Kenya News Agency