Ukambani governors’ forefront role in drumming up support for ODM’s candidate Imran Okoth ahead of Thursday’s Kibra by-election has raised loyalty concerns amongst leaders from the region.
A section of Ukambani leadership has read mischief and treachery in Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni)’s role in the Kibra parliamentary mini-poll.
In a tweet, Kibwezi East MP Jessica Mbalu expressed disappointment in the three county chiefs for “expressly betraying Kambas.”
“Some Kamba leaders are just but cheap opportunists…in the recent Embakasi South by election they ignored their own son Hon. Mawathe. Today they are in kibra like the world is ending,” she tweeted moments after the trio joined Raila Odinga to rally Kamba support for Okoth.
Interestingly, the three distanced themselves from Embakasi South by-election in which Julius Mawathe, their kinsman was contesting on a Kalonzo Musyoka-led Wiper Party’s ticket.
Political pundits have termed the governors’ move to throw weight behind the Opposition Chief party affairs as an elaborate scheme to undermine Kalonzo’s grip of Ukambani vote as well as his stakes for presidency.