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Ngilu, Kibwana threaten to exit Kalonzo’s camp

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and her Makueni counterpart Kivutha Kibwana could soon withdraw their political allegiance from Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka. The two have expressed disappointment in Kalonzo’s leadership, citing his political betrayal and anti-reforms orientation.

They claimed the former vice president has failed to instill discipline among persons they termed as his sycophants who openly ridicule and demean them.

Kibwana, who has been serving as the party chairman in an acting capacity following the acrimonious resignation of former Kitui senator David Musila recently talked of his frustrations in operations within the party.

He threatened to quit the Wiper party pointing at harassment by junior members in the party hierarchy, including nominated MCAs.

“We cannot be in a party that lacks direction and respect for some leaders. Some of Kalonzo’s people have been openly insulting us (referring to him and Ngilu) and calling us thieves.

Some of them are MCAs who claim to be closer to Kalonzo,” said Kibwana. He added that political declarations made in Emali and Koma purporting Kamba unity had borne no fruit.

A fortnight ago, Redeemed Gospel Church Bishop Arthur Kitonga, who chairs an association of evangelistic churches in Eastern and Central Africa, poked holes on Kalonzo’s endorsement at Koma, terming the move selfish. Recent political undertones have pointed at gMwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi’s constant bashing of Ngilu’s style of leadership.

In several occasions, the controversial MP has been heard castigating Ngilu and even hinted that he will contest for the Kitui governor seat in 2022. Kalonzo has reportedly been uneasy with Ngilu, who defeated his point-man, former governor Julius Malombe.

But Ngilu is said to decided to quietly chart her own political path away from the distructions. A month ago, she publicly said she will work with President Uhuru Kenyatta for the greater interest of the people of Kitui.

Political analysts have ruled out future working relationship between Kalonzo and Kibwana and Ngilu duo. Both Kibwana and Ngilu were actively involved in the struggle for the country’s Second Liberation alongside other heroes.

On the other hand, Kalonzo was on the anti-reforms crusade as a powerful cabinet minister in retired President Moi’s Kanu regime. The ultimate breakup of Ngilu and Kibwana from Kalonzo’s party, which is currently standing on legs of clay, could write Kalonzo’s name in the country’s political obituary.

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