By Stephen Makabila
At least four MPs in the county – Kalonzo, Water Minister Charity Ngilu, Assistant Minister David Musila, and Mutito MP Kiema Kilonzo – have their eyes set on bigger slots.
While Kalonzo has been on the presidential campaign trail since last year, and has publicly stated he will not defended his Mwingi North seat, Ngilu last week hinted she was eyeing the presidency, and thus will not defend her Kitui Central seat.
“When Narc’s NDC meets to pick its presidential candidate, and says that I am the one, then I will take up the call because I know I am fit for the position,” Ngilu said last Friday during her husband’s memorial service.
Narc Chief Executive Fidelis Nguli had hinted the NDC was set within one month. Musila, who is a Kalonzo ally, has been on the campaign trail seeking support to be elected Kitui senator, paving the way for new comers in the Mwingi South seat.
Kiema, who is allied to Ngilu, had said he is interested in the Kitui County governorship, but is yet to hit the ground. Two other constituencies in Kitui County are Kitui West held by Charles Nyamai, and Kitui South represented by Isaac Muoki. The other two counties in lower Eastern, considered the bedrock of Kalonzo’s support, include Machakos and Makueni.
If she defends her parliamentary seat, Ngilu would run against Wiper Democratic Movement’s Kitui County chairman Makali Mulu, who is Kalonzo’s pointman. Mulu, who was also in the 2007 parliamentary contest, confirmed he would be in the race.
“I am in the race for the seat. We expect Ngilu to go for a higher seat and even some of her supporters are willing to elect me as the next area MP,” added Mulu. Also interested in Ngilu’s seat is former Cabinet minister George Ndotto, who has been trying unsuccessfully to reclaim the seat he lost to Ngilu in the 1997 General Election.
In Mwingi North, Kalonzo’s rival for the parliamentary seat John Musee has backtracked and instead, endorsed his wife to vie for the seat.