During the party’s previous NEC meetings, Mr Mwakwere, a former MP for Matuga Constituency in Kwale County, was given the responsibility of announcing the days’ resolutions to the media.
This has been happening despite senior party officials, including the party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Secretary General Judith Sijeny and national vice-chairman Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior being in attendance.
Mr Mwakwere, who served as Transport and Foreign Affairs minister in former president Mwai Kibaki’s administration, has been a close ally of Mr Musyoka.
During a recent television interview, Mr Musyoka downplayed Prof Kibwana’s complaints against the party saying the governor was only looking for flimsy excuses to justify his intentions to ditch outfit.
The Wiper leader insisted he didn’t want to wash his “dirty linen” in public but said the governor will not be forced to quit, neither will he begged to stay in the party.
Mr Musyoka has repeatedly said that his decision to embrace Prof Kibwana ahead of the 2017 election where he was given a direct ticket to defend his gubernatorial seat is what cost him key allies who had stuck with him for many years.
He says long-time confidants, including former Kitui senator and long-serving party chairman David Musila, felt legitimately aggrieved when they were subjected to party primaries when newcomers like Prof Kibwana were favoured with free party tickets.
The party is correcting the 2017 blunders that split the platform in the middle, prompting Mr Musila to run as an independent candidate against the Wiper candidate in Kitui, former governor Julius Malombe who lost to Governor Charity Ngilu.
Soon after the elections, Prof Kibwana not only fell out with Mr Musyoka but teamed up with his colleague Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua to openly call for his retirement from politics.
The turn of events left Mr Musyoka largely exposed because in his Ukambani backyard where he draws most political support, the three counties were in the hands of governors openly opposed to his leadership.
Wiper MPs Mbui, Mr Charles Nguna (Mwingi West), Mr Patrick Makau (Mavoko), Mr Enoch Wambua (Kitui senator) and other have on several occasions demanded that Prof Kibwana resigns from the party and seeks fresh mandate on another outfit.
The differences between Mr Musyoka and the governor arose in December 2018, during his father’s burial when he said he’ll be President Uhuru Kenyatta’s errand boy and that no one should question his decision.
The party NEC meeting is also expected to discuss its stake in the Sh4 billion windfall awarded to their coalition partners Orange Democratic Movement from the Political Parties Fund, Mr Musyoka’s new appointment as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s special envoy to South Sudan.
Mr Musyoka’s efforts to forge coalitions with other political parties in preparations for his bid for the presidency in 2022 will also be discussed at the NEC meeting.