Un­afraid Malombe says he is in Wiper to stay

‘I am not shaken and I am sure Musila and Ngilu will share 15 per cent of the votes as I get the rest. They had 20 years in power, what did they do for Ki­tui?’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - LY­DIA NGOOLO @TheS­tarKenya

Ki­tui Gover­nor Julius Malombe has de­nied he has ditched Wiper.

This comes shortly af­ter ru­mours spread that he held a three-day meet­ings with his sup­port­ers to plan how he will move from Wiper due to the pres­sure in the party, where Se­na­tor David Musila, the party chair­man, plans to un­seat him.

Malombe said he is the only loyal gover­nor who sup­ports Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka 100 per cent.

He said if he leaves, Kalonzo will be po­lit­i­cally shaken since Musila has failed him by let­ting MPs de­camp to Ju­bilee.

Malombe said as party chair­man, Musila’s pri­mary role is to en­sure sup­port­ers don’t leave the party. He said he will sup­port Kalonzo’s pres­i­den­tial bid to the last minute.

Malombe spoke to the Star on the phone, say­ing Ki­tui res­i­dents have said they can­not af­ford to lose him and that they need him on the bal­lot.

He said he is sure of de­feat­ing Char­ity Ngilu and Musila due to his devel­op­ment record.

UNSHAKEN

“I am not shaken and I am sure Musila and Ngilu will share 15 per cent of the votes as I get the rest. They had 20 years in power, what do they have to show to the peo­ple of Ki­tui?” the gover­nor said.

“Some were even in pow­er­ful min­istries with bil­lions of shillings, which they could have used to im­prove the wel­fare of Ki­tui. More­over they can­not ap­pre­ci­ate any devel­op­ment, their work is to crit­i­cise.”

Malombe said the only way peace­ful nom­i­na­tions will be held in Ki­tui is if Musila re­signs as party chair­man since he can­not be ref­eree and player at the same time.

Musila is con­test­ing for gover­nor and has said the party has got its own­ers.

Malombe said there are plans to make sure Kam­bas are not united and that is why some MPs have moved to the Ju­bilee Party. He called for unity among the Kamba.

Musila and Ngilu have been crit­i­cis­ing Malombe, say­ing he has not done any­thing for the peo­ple of Ki­tui.

Thou­sands of boda boda op­er­a­tors through­out Ki­tui plan to sup­port Malombe’s re­elec­tion and fan out into re­mote ar­eas to cam­paign for him.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives drawn from all eight sub­coun­ties, led by as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Kelvin Ki­vala, told Malombe they will mo­bilise sup­port.

Ki­vala said, “The mas­sive 11,000-mem­ber boda boda fra­ter­nity is fully be­hind the gover­nor. We can­not be taken for granted be­cause we have so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal clout.”

MALOMBE SAYS MUSILA HAS FAILED PARTY, SHOULD RE­SIGN

/DEN­NIS KAVISU

From Right, Ki­tui Gover­nor Julius Malombe, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Se­na­tor David Musila at Ki­tuti Sec­ondary School in Muan­geni, Ki­tui, on Au­gust 30,2015

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