Former Cabinet minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere has been elected Wiper Party chairman replacing Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana who resigned in January this year.
Professor Kibwana cited “issues within the party” for his decision to quit as Wiper Chair.
“There have been issues within the party, especially between myself and the party leader. I sat down with the people of Makueni and told them I could no longer be the Wiper party Chair and they said it was fine as it is not mandatory for me to hold that position in order to serve them,” said the Governor.
Three weeks ago the party’s National Executive Council endorsed the removal of Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana who has turned harsh critic of the party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
On Sunday the party’s National Executive Council held a meeting at the Kenya School of Law in Karen, Nairobi where Mwakwere was elected the new chairman.
The veteran politician joined the Wiper party in 2017 after ditching the Jubilee Party under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
During the meeting, the WDM-K has today elected the Hon. Chirau Ali Mwakwere as its Acting National Chairman, and Mrs. Anne Kanyi as Acting National Vice-Chair.
The Party also resolved that other vacant positions will be filled at a later date. “The election of the Chairman and Vice-Chair will be ratified at a National Delegates Conference whose date will be announced later,” the party announced .