Kitui governor battle hots up as Musila names Malombe deputy running mate


Daggers have been drawn between Governor Julius Malombe and his rival Senator David Musila after Musila yesterday unveiled the former’s deputy Penina Malonza as his running mate.

“After consultation with Kitui County leaders and residents, I have appointed Peninah Malonza from Kitui South as my running mate” declared Musila amid a thunderous approval from the crowd.

The announcement, which the Senator made while meeting local leaders and supporters at Malonza’s hometown Mutomo in Kitui South, comes in the wake of a serious fallout between the DG and her boss.

Ms Malonza cited incessant humiliation and mockery by Malombe and fellow county officers besides “dismal performance of the administration” as having prompted her to join hands with Musila in a bid to depose the incumbent come August 8 General Elections.

She has since jumped ship and joined Musila’s camp where she has been touted as strategically positioning herself to become his running mate.

Last week, Malombe fronted former Kyuso Knut Executive Secretary Agnes Kambua as her new deputy as he prepares to defend his seat from Musila and former lands CS Charity Ngilu.

While accepting the appointment, Malonza vowed to do her best to ensure the Senator, who quit Wiper over “shambolic nominations” to vie as an independent candidate, sends her boss home to pave way for “equitable development across Kitui County and put an end to intra-maginalisation perpetrated by the current regime.”

Though the Governor was not immediately available for comment, one of his aides on condition of anonymity termed the newly unveiled union as inconsequential to Malombe’s “sure re-election.”

“Ms Penina became disrespectful and disloyal to the Governor who picked her from grass and elevated her to glory. He believed in her but she turned against him and failed him terribly,” regretted the officer.

“In no way does her departure from our camp diminish our chances to trounce Musila and emerge victorious,” he maintained.

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