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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:13 EAT
Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua has made a major turnaround from his party’s recent endorsement of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election and announced that the Maendeleo Chap Chap will not align with either Jubilee or NASA. "Maendeleo Chap Chap is not supporting Jubilee or NASA; it is independent," said the governor today at Tala Market in Matungulu Sub County where he took his gubernatorial campaign.
He explained that he was only in defending his seat and that he had defected from the Wiper Party led by former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka following frustrations. He also said that he would run for the presidency in 2022. "In 2022, I will be running for the presidency on Maendeleo Chap Chap party. Now I am using the ticket to defend my gubernatorial seat for the second term," said Dr Mutua.
Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua addressing residents of Tala. (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press)
In an apparent bid to mend fences with Mr Musyoka, the governor pointed out that he has never had an issue with the Wiper Party leader or with Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama. He claimed the two leaders were only interested in fighting him because he was “development-oriented”.
"I have never had an issue with Kalonzo or Muthama. But I know they fight me because I am development-oriented," said Dr Mutua, whose convoy met with hostile youths along the way, with crowds chanting NASA! NASA! as he spoke. The governor promised to repair the floodlight at the market and the Tala bus terminal.
The governor ordered that the public toilet at the Tala market be opened by tomorrow. After the Tala meeting, he moved to other parts of the sub county drumming up support for aspirants vying for different positions on Maendeleo Chap Chap tickets.
The governor's party endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election at its highest decision-making level, the National Delegates Conference, and it remains to be seen whether he can undo that resolution by a roadside declaration on a campaign stop.
In any event, several political leaders especially from Central Kenya defected to Maendeleo Chap Chap on the understanding that the party was supporting the president's re-election, and the governor's statements would bring their candidatures into disrepute in areas where Uhuru enjoys massive support.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press