Jubilee wars spill over to Embakasi South by-election
Surrender the seatRuaraka MP TJ Kajwang’ told Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka not to field a candidate if he expected to continue working with them. But Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior said they would not relinquish the only Wiper seat in Nairobi. He instead asked ODM to drop their candidate in favour of Wiper.
SEE ALSO :Anger over Moses Kuria bill boardThe entry of Kenyatta’s party adds to the intrigues in the supremacy battle. Last week, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju announced that they would not be fielding a candidate in the by-election. But it emerges that the contest between Mawathe and Sumra has higher stakes for Jubilee, with factions now pulling in different directions. While Tuju, who claims that their move to surrender the seat ‘in the spirit’ of handshake with Raila could have got the brief from the party leader, a group of party politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto have come out to declare support for Mawathe, setting the stage for a bruising contest. Insiders insist that Jubilee’s decision to stay away from the by-election was in line with the President’s bid to endear himself further to his erstwhile political foe-turned buddy, Raila. There is no love lost between the DP and Raila, and the Embakasi South seat now offers the DP an opportunity to test political waters in the city.
SEE ALSO :DP top brass disown Kuria bidOn Tuesday, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and a section of Central MPs declared support for Mawathe. Mr Kuria’s move was informed by the feeling that Raila had been unfairly handed a through-pass uto boost his standing at the expense of Ruto in the political scheme of things. “In the spirit of the handshake and the Building Bridges Initiative, like-minded leaders and I, in our individual capacities, have today resolved to support Musili Mawathe,” Kuria said In Gatundu South MP’s team are Embakasi West MP George Theuri, Charles Njagua (Starehe), Makali Mulu (Kitui Central), Simon Mbugua (Eala) and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama. A Jubilee MP who sought anonymity said they would marshal all arsenal to ensure the Wiper candidate wins. “We know that the victory will send a clear message to some people that those agreements by a few people will not have their way now and even in 2022,” he said.
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