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Kethi Kilonzo should not allow herself to be used by Wiper Party

By By Boniface Musembi | June 10th 2013

By Boniface Musembi

The process of decision making is not an easy one. At times we make decisions that lead us to fulfilment in life and other times we make decisions that leave us regretting for the entire life.

This is the process that Kethi Kilonzo is going through regarding the Makueni Senatorial by-elections on July 22, 2013. The seat was left vacant after the death of her father, Senator Mutula Kilonzo on April 27 this year at his Maanzoni ranch.

Media reports in the last two weeks indicated that Kethi had opted out of the race to succeed his late father after extensive family consultations. However, last week things took a different turn when it was reported that she had agreed to the nagging and persuasion of Kalonzo Musyoka and Johnstone Muthama to join the race.

Kethi is qualified by all standards to succeed her late father. However, I am of a different opinion; Wiper party is out to exploit the name she made during the presidential petition in March, 2013 and Kethi is a successful lawyer and should endeavour to grow her career.

Wiper party was desperate on realizing that the main people they thought would contest under their party had decamped to Jubilee Alliance. That was after it was reported that Gideon Ndambuki, Harun Mwau and Prof. Kaloki had held meetings in state house last week with the aim of convincing them to join the ruling alliance.

Wiper party was left with no better option than to reach out to the daughter of the late Mutula to contest for the senatorial position. They are pegging their decision on the fact that Kethi made a name for herself during the presidential petition in March and she will also get sympathy votes from the people of Makueni because of the loss of her father.

If history is anything to go by, such moves have worked to the advantage of other people such as Eugene Wamalwa and Joyce Laboso and failed for other people the latest incident being the wife of Orwa ojode who lost in the by-elections to succeed his husband.

I don’t mind the outcome of the elections, whether she wins or not but my concern is the impact of the decision on her life and family.

Several questions arise from her new move: Would Kethi have joined politics if her father never passed on? Has she made a personal decision or has bowed to pressure from the Wiper party officials? What is Kethi’s motivation to join politics? What will happen if she is not re-elected after five or ten years?


Kethi is a lawyer by profession and joining politics will mean she stops practising law. She has been successful in her field so far and the father left behind a law firm which she has been managing together with the brother and many other companies that need their attention. Kethi has a lot on her to do list in terms of running the family businesses which to me should be her priority and not joining politics.

In conclusion Kethi should wisely reconsider her move to avoid making a decision that will make her regret her entire life. It is not too late to change the decision.

The writer is a Communication Consultant at Ray Africa Consultants

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