- Leaders in the region are currently on wait-and-see mode ahead of the anticipated referendum, which is widely expected to spawn new political alignments.
- The region is divided on the import of Mr Musyoka’s declaration on working with President Kenyatta.
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has renewed his call on Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to drop his 2022 presidential ambition.
Governor Kibwana asked Mr Musyoka to consider supporting him or his Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua in their State House bids.
In a scathing attack, he accused the Wiper party leader of frustrating development in the region through his loyalists.
“We have stood with Mr Musyoka since 1993. Every time he contests the presidency or supports a coalition, he loses. We shall dispatch a delegation of elders, women and youths to tell him our time to contest has come,” Prof Kibwana told a rally at Kawala village where he commissioned a borehole, triggering mixed reactions on social media.
Ukambani has been in a political lull for months after Prof Kibwana abandoned the Wiper chairmanship in a huff over a disagreement with Mr Musyoka.
Leaders in the region are currently on wait-and-see mode ahead of the anticipated referendum, which is widely expected to spawn new political alignments.
Although this is not the first time Mr Musyoka’s friends-turned-foes have declared that he has reached his political plateau, the escalating political temperatures come at a time when the Wiper leader has been reaching out to his former allies who had decamped to Jubilee as he packages himself as a presidential candidate.
Prof Kibwana’s criticism also comes when Mr Musyoka is juggling clashing 2022 ambitions of his supporters in an environment of increasing rebellion.