In Summary
  • Prof Kibwana’s call to Mr Musyoka to put his house in order first by wooing and accommodating dissenters received a huge backing on social media.
  • This week, Prof Kibwana hit out at Mr Musyoka again, in the clearest pointer yet to the widening rift between the two leaders in the wake of simmering disquiet in the largest political party in Ukambani.

When Wiper chairman Kivutha Kibwana likened dissenters with young he-goats learning the mating ropes and, as such, discouraged party loyalists from admonishing them, he sparked laughter and grumbling in equal measure among the audience.

“Nthenge yi wia wayo wa kwongela mbui kyuuni. Lakini ila nthenge ikwika wia usu wayo veo tuthenge tungi twithwaa vau utee natwo tuyenda okwika undu usu. Indi tuthenge tu tuyuwaawa,” he said in Kamba.

(The work of a he-goat is to increase the number of goats in a pen. While at it, however, the he-goat will often encounter young he-goats who are learning to mate. These young he-goats are not supposed to be killed),”

Prof Kibwana made the remarks at Komarock in Machakos County in April during a meeting called to urge Kamba unity in the wake of the March 9 reconciliation between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Ukambani — which had voted overwhelmingly for the opposition coalition Nasa — was smarting from last year’s election loss and what was seen as the departure of Mr Odinga from Nasa, and was grappling with a real need to chart a new political path.

POST-ELECTION DEAL

Those who spoke at the event called for Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to emulate Mr Odinga and to move with speed to enter into a post-election deal with President Kenyatta to keep his presidential ambition alive.

Prof Kibwana’s call to Mr Musyoka to put his house in order first by wooing and accommodating dissenters received a huge backing on social media.

It is this call which made the two leaders disagree, the effect of which has been differences which have been playing out in the open ever since.

This week, Prof Kibwana hit out at Mr Musyoka again, in the clearest pointer yet to the widening rift between the two leaders in the wake of simmering disquiet in the largest political party in Ukambani.

The Makueni governor is among Wiper leaders who have questioned a deal Mr Musyoka has struck with President Kenyatta saying that it is not designed to benefit the Kamba community because it is structurally wanting, and that, as such, it sounds a death knell to the community's development dream.

DIALOGUE

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