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
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.