In Summary
  • Dr Mutua said time had come for fresh, creative and visionary leadership devoid of tribalism.
  • The court ordered Ms Ndeti to pay Dr Mutua Sh5 million and a similar amount to the electoral commission.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Friday said his political ambitions had been boosted after the High Court dismissed a petition challenging his August 8 victory in the race for Machakos governor.

Dr Mutua said his 2022 State House journey had begun, a statement likely to put him on the path of a supremacy battle with Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Mr Musyoka had endorsed Dr Mutua’s challenger, Ms Wavinya Ndeti. Ms Ndeti lost the race on August 8 and the petition.

The governor said time had come for fresh, creative and visionary leadership devoid of tribalism.

During celebrations after the ruling, Dr Mutua said he had forgiven those who spread propaganda against him “and even sabotaged my projects”.

“Let us hold hands and move together,” he told a crowd at Machakos bus park.

Apparently relieved by the outcome, Dr Mutua said the presidential train had already left station and there was no turning back.

“With God’s grace, I will be the fifth president of Kenya,” he said.

Dr Mutua formed Maendeleo Chap Chap as his 2017 political vehicle and put up a fight against Wiper party in a region that had an almost fanatical support for Mr Musyoka, himself a presidential running mate on the Opposition Nasa ticket.

Mandeleo Chap Chap won four seats in the National Assembly, with only one coming from Ukambani.

Wiper party took 22 seats.

While Dr Mutua will be celebrating his victory, Mr Musyoka will facing a loyalty test in the National Super Alliance to which Wiper belongs, after he skipped probably the most important political event of the coalition this year — the symbolic "swearing-in" of Mr Raila Odinga as the “People’s President” on January 30.

Mr Musyoka was to have been sworn in as Mr Odinga’s deputy.

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