, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – The Wiper Democratic Movement now says it will not hold discussions on Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’s future in the party, terming him a ‘non-issue.’
Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka had earlier in the month said the movement would hold a meeting to discuss Mutua’s future after the Governor launched the Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement.
But following a Wiper National Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, it was decided that Mutua would not be among the subjects up for discussion at the Wiper party leaders meeting scheduled for Friday.
“Mutua is a non-issue,” Wiper Secretary General Hassan Omar said. “He will be gone chap chap (fast) in the next General Election.”
Omar said the change in position should not be taken to mean that the party leaders were indecisive but that Mutua was simply not worth the trouble.
“Why are you only focused on us? Isaac Ruto has gone ahead to form his own party and he is yet to be ejected from URP, the party on whose ticket he was elected to office.”
Mutua had stated that he would not be cowed into abandoning his Maendeleo Chap Chap movement even if it meant his ejection from Wiper. “I’m a bit confused as to why leaders would be scared of a movement that is meant to galvanise all our ideas and resources together for the sake of our people and this has nothing to do with political parties; this is a movement that cuts across parties,” he said.
Wiper leaders who include Mutua’s Deputy Bernard Kiala, Machakos Woman Representative Susan Musyoka and nominated Senator Judith Sijeny had talked tough following Mutua’s launch of Maendeleo Chap Chap on January 2, calling for his ouster from the party.
“If he’s started his own party, there’s no reason for him to be in ours,” Musyoka said. “Let him and his supporters go. If a party sponsors you into office you should remain loyal to it and its leader.”