Makueni Governor Professor Kivutha Kibwana has urged Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to take a backseat in Ukambani politics, to pave way for other leaders from the region to vie for presidency.The governor who ditched Kalonzo Musyoka after the 2017 polls seems to have heightened his criticism on the Kamba kingpin who has led the regions politics for over two decades now.
”We have stood with Mr Musyoka since 1993. Every time he contests the presidency or supports a coalition, he loses. We shall dispatch a delegation of elders, women and youths to tell him our time to contest has come,” Prof Kibwana told a rally at Kawala village.
Kivutha Kibwana is accusing Kalonzo of thwarting development in the region and has called on him to hang his boots for fresh bloods because he cannot offer anything new to Ukambani. Governor Kibwana abandoned his position as the Chair of Wiper Party last year after severing links with his party leader.
Wiper party is the dominant political vehicle in the region with more than half of the MPs, Senators,Governors and MCAs elected on the party’s ticket during the 2017 polls. Even though Wiper has been reaching out to other elected leaders who managed to get elected under Jubilee ticket, this latest attack on its party leader may work against conceited efforts to have all elected leaders in the region under Wiper Party.
On the other hand, Ukambani governors appear to be echoing Professor Kibwana’s sentiments after they formed an economic block whose purpose is to economically and politically lobby for interest of the region, without Kalonzo Musyoka. Apart from Governor Kibwana expressing his interest on vying for presidency in 2022, Machakos governor Alfred Mutua, another harsh critic of Kalonzo Musyoka has also laid bare his 2022 ambitions.