Wiper rebels slam party, say they are ready for sum­mons

Res­i­dents, not the party, elected them to their posts and they are sure of be­ing re­elected in by-elec­tions if ex­pelled from party, lead­ers say

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - JOSEPH NDUNDA @MuthuiN­dunda

Ukam­bani elected lead­ers who ditched Wiper for the Ju­bilee Party have scoffed at the party over plans to sub­ject them to dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings.

Wiper named a five-mem­ber com­mit­tee to ques­tion the seven lead­ers. The com­mit­tee com­prises lawyer Haroun Ndubi (chair­man), Lil­ian Omondi, Mutheu Muna, Abubakar Yusuf and Ja­cob Mu­tula.

The lead­ers to be in­ves­ti­gated are Machakos Gover­nor Al­fred Mu­tua, Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki, Mwingi Cen­tral MP Joe Mu­tambu and his Mwingi North coun­ter­part John Munuve. Oth­ers are Mbooni MP Kisoi Mun­yao, Kaiti’s Richard Mak­enga and nom­i­nated MP Robert Mutemi.

MCAs who are per­ceived to have shifted their allegiance to other par­ties will also be sum­moned.

They are re­quired to ex­plain why they should not be ex­pelled from the party and their posts de­clared va­cant.

The Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil met on Wed­nes­day and re­solved to form the com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the con­duct of mem­bers who have de­clared allegiance to other po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

They will be given an op­por­tu­nity to de­fend them­selves.

But the de­fi­ant lead­ers slammed the party. Mu­tambu said he is not a Wiper party mem­ber “and I have no busi­ness with their fool­ish­ness”.

Munuve said he is ready for a by-elec­tion if the Mwingi North seat is de­clared va­cant. “Res­i­dents of Mwingi North have for the last 30 years been elect­ing a king who they could not talk to be­cause he had even moved to Machakos county. But to­day they have a leader who they can ac­cess. They call me and we dis­cuss is­sues af­fect­ing them,” he told the Star on the phone.

“The seat I hold does not be­long to Wiper, but the peo­ple of Mwingi North. I will seek re­elec­tion on the Ju­bilee Party ticket and peo­ple will elect a leader they can see and talk to. The Wiper party is be­hav­ing like a mon­key. They are only ap­ing what ODM did.”

Ndambuki said the party ejected her from a re­treat at the Maan­zoni Lodge, Machakos, where she and Mutemi were nearly lynched by goons on Au­gust 30 last year.

“I have recorded videos and au­dios of ev­ery­thing said at the meet­ing. I am ready to de­fend my­self in court or any­where they will take me be­cause it is they who called me a Ju­bilee mole and told me never to at­tend any of their meet­ings,” she said.

“Peo­ple want de­vel­op­ment and are not in­ter­ested in cheap party pol­i­tics of who swears allegiance to which party.”

Mun­yao said he has quit the party and is wait­ing for the let­ters to know what to do.

“I am not a water­melon and I make solid de­ci­sions. I had con­sulted widely be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion to move to the Ju­bilee Party and I have the sup­port of my peo­ple,” he said.

/JOSEPH NDUNDA

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, sec­re­tary gen­eral Omar Has­san, chair­man David Musila and other party of­fi­cials ad­dress the me­dia af­ter the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil meet­ing at the party head­quar­ters in Nairobi

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