Muthama Bows Out Of The Machakos Senatorial Race

Machakos County Senator, Johnson Muthama
Senator Johnson Muthama

Machakos Senator, Johnson Muthama will not seek re-election for the seat in the general election and he is instead focusing on campaigning for NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga.

Wiper party, led by NASA deputy presidential candidate Kalonzo Musyoka, did not hold nominations for the position. Muthama cited massive irregularities and injustice in the party, saying only the chosen few were given tickets and might be contemplating ditching the party.

“I regret the way Wiper is being micro-managed to the disadvantage of some party members. My decision was influenced by the way Wiper affairs are being conducted,” he said.

Muthama said he will not campaign for Wiper. “As I contemplate my next move, I assure there will be a bruising political battle in Ukambani and that the voice of the people will be heard,” he said.

“I do not feel that I have the face, anymore, to campaign or face out supporters of Wiper all over because the party has betrayed the people’s trust, just like it did in 2013, by imposing Governor Alfred Mutua on the people.”

“Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and CCU leader Wavinya Ndeti were given tickets while others were left to go through nominations which were marred by irregularities,” he added.

Muthama also said ballot papers were marked at Gracia Hotel on Friday, a day before the Machakos governor nominations were repeated.

Ndeti initially defeated Kiala with 299,312 votes against his 4,663 but the Deputy Governor raised several complaints and obtained a court order barring the party from conducting the primaries.

She defeated him again with 227,947 votes when the nominations were repeated on Saturday. Kiala, who caused drama at Gracia by trying to stop the dispatch of material, only got 4,508 votes.

David Musila also opted out of the party after citing irregularities.


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