Machakos governor Alfred Mutua on Monday dismissed as self-centered a unity meeting attended by Ukambani leaders.
Mutua said the meeting held at Koma in Machakos County was turned into a Wiper Party affair against the intended purpose of discussing the economic, social and political development of the Kamba community.
“The meeting has been full of insults, chest thumping and ultimatums that really do not lead to real unity of purpose. There was no development or economic empowerment agenda discussed. The meeting was all about the political interests of an individual and not the plight of over 4 million Kamba people,” Mutua said.
The meeting, which was attended by leaders from Machakos, Kitui and Makueni counties, endorsed Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka as the community’s preferred presidential candidate for 2022.
It was attended by Kitui governor Charity Ngilu, her Makueni counterpart Kivutha Kibwana and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama.
The leaders from the three counties gave Kalonzo the green light to reach out to President Uhuru Kenyatta and other communities in his quest for the top seat.
“We remain united as a community and declare our unwavering support towards the presidency of H.E Kalonzo Musyoka in 2022 and now entrust him with the mandate to reach out to all the other 43 communities of Kenya towards uniting the country for prosperity of Kenya, now and beyond 2022,” they said.
Mutua, who has on a number of occasions declared interest in the presidency in 2022, distanced himself from the resolutions and demanded for a “genuine” unity forum to discuss issues affecting the Kamba community.
“As Maendeleo Chap Chap, we demand for a real and not a fake unity meeting. The meeting should be convened by neutral and respected religious leaders and elders. We are ready for such a neutral and well-meaning meeting that discusses the plight of our people in a respectful and organized manner,” Mutua said.