Division is evident in Kitui leaders


Kitui leaders are planning to hold a meeting apparently to diffuse emerging political differences, which have left Wiper legislators divided down the middle. Although the convenor, Senator David Musila, remains tight -lipped on the agenda, sources indicated it is meant to tame the governor.

“ Just say the leaders have agreed to have a meeting soon and nothing else,’’ Musila told the press recently. Two groups of legislators have emerged with one supporting Governor Julius Malombe and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and the other backing Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, who is believed to be eyeing to become the ultimate Kamba leader.

Differences between the two groups played out at the office of Speaker George Ndoto where MPs Makali Mulu (Kitui Central) and Francis Nyenze (Kitui West) differed on the county government’s performance. Nyenze, when asked to rate its development record, said he can give it a D-.

But Mulu said, as a community development expert, it was difficult to rate the county government as it has performed well in some sectors and given time, it can achieve much. Others who share the same sentiments with Nyenze are John Munuve. (Mwingi North), Charles Nyamai (Kitui Rural) and Joe Mutambu ( Mwingi Central).

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Those backing Malombe are Mulu, Mutua Muluvi ( Kitui East) and Musila. Benard Kitungi (Mwingi West) and Bishop Robert Mutemi (nominated) has been wavering. Both Munuve and Mutambu hosted Mutua during an harambee to purchase a bus for Tseikuru secondary school during which he promised to address water scarcity in the area.

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