Governors Ngilu, Mutua, Kibwana gang up against Kalonzo

Governors Ngilu, Mutua, Kibwana gang up against Kalonzo
File image of Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu,Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana. PHOTO| COURTESY

The supremacy battle for Ukambani region has played out once again with Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) taking on Kalonzo Musyoka for alleged poor leadership.

The three governors were meeting once again on Sunday to chart the way forward for the people of the lower eastern region economically and politically.

In the meeting, the leaders are reported to have settled on coming up with the people’s empowerment movement to champion their course.

“In February we will call for a convene a forum where we shall announce to our people how the people’s empowerment movement will work and benefit them,” said Mutua.

“All these things are being done to avoid a past of poverty of leadership,” said Governor Kibwana.

A section of Ukambani leaders in the Ngilu, Mutua and Kibwana camp claim that there’s a new dawn in the community and wants Kalonzo Musyoka to give the leadership mantle to a new crop of leaders.

They say Kalonzo had failed to steer the community in the direction.

But allies of the former Vice – President led by former Senator Johnstone Muthama have rubbished such talks accusing the three leaders of being over ambitious.

Muthama for example maintains, that three governors do not have political muscles to challenge Kalonzo besides launching a substantial bid for the presidential seat.

“Eti wanataka kuwa rais… he he… hawa watu nani amewaroga jamani… Nani aliambia Kivutha Rais ni kusimama Makueni? Nani aliambia Mutua kuwa Rais ni kusimama Machakos na Ngilu eti kuwa Rais ni kusimama Kitui?” posed Muthama.

Loosely translated: “They claim they want to be president. Who cursed these people? Who told Kivutha Kibwana, Alfred Mutua and Ngilu that becoming the president is about popularity in Makueni, Kitui or Machakos.”

And Muthama has a thrown a yardstick for those challenging the former VP.

“Kama hao ni wanaume na wanataka kuitisha kiti ya urais natata kuambia Kivutha Kibwana aende Tononoka, Mombasa aiete mkutano iingie watu elfu moja nitaambia Kalonzo aende Nayeye Mutua aende hapa Maasailand aite mkutano ipate watu mia tano nitaambia Kalonzo tuachie Mutua,” said Muthama.

(“If they believe they come vie for president I want to dare Kivutha to hold a rally at Tonoka grounds in Mombasa… If a thousand people attend that rally I will tell Kalonzo to retire. Let Mutua go to Maasai land and call for a rally. If 500 people show up, I will tell Kalonzo to let him be the leader.”)

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