I own Wiper so don’t tell me to quit and run again – Mu­tambu

MP says he pays rent for Nairobi of­fice. He says Kalonzo’s call for de­fec­tors to seek re­elec­tion is not fea­si­ble, be­cause by-elec­tions will be too ex­pen­sive for Kenyans

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Mwingi Cen­tral MP Joe Mu­tambu has said he owns the Wiper party and wants it dis­solved.

“I am sur­prised when I hear peo­ple call­ing us de­fec­tors and say­ing we should re­sign. We are not de­fec­tors be­cause I own Wiper and all I want is to have it dis­solved,” he said.

Mu­tambu spoke at St Paul’s Catholic Church Matuu in Yatta con­stituency on Sun­day. Present were MPs Fran­cis Mwan­gangi (Yatta) and Kisoi Mun­yao (Mbooni). Mu­tambu de­fected to the Ju­bilee Party.

He said he fur­nished Wiper’s Nairobi of­fice and pays the rent. Mu­tambu crit­i­cised party leader Kalonzo Musyoka for say­ing de­fec­tors should re­sign and seek re­elec­tion on the JP ticket. He said by-elec­tions would be an un­nec­es­sary ex­pense. “We will not al­low you to sub­ject Kenyans to by-elec­tions that will cost them bil­lions of shillings be­cause that means the price of unga and paraf­fin will go up,” Mu­tambu said.

He said politi­cians call­ing for de­fec­tors’ res­ig­na­tions should fund by-elec­tions. “It is just the other day the same peo­ple were call­ing for the dis­band­ment of the IEBC. And Kenyans have to pay for their exit. Now they want Kenyans to foot the bill for by-elec­tions for al­most 60 MPs, seven gov­er­nors, six senators and about 100 MCAs. This is un­ac­cept­able,” Mu­tambu said.

He gave Kalonzo a month to con­vene a re­gional lead­ers’ meet­ing to chart the way for­ward for the Kamba or he will mo­bilise the com­mu­nity to protest.

Mwan­gangi said res­i­dents are un­cer­tain about the com­mu­nity’s po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion. “We have been pushed so hard by busi­ness­men, the clergy, elders and res­i­dents to of­fer di­rec­tion. We can­not af­ford to re­main silent any­more,” he said. Mwan­gangi urged lead­ers to work with the gov­ern­ment to im­prove the re­gion. Mun­yao said the com­mu­nity is headed for obliv­ion if it does not strate­gise.

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