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I’m in office to stay, Mutua tells Kalonzo

Dr Mutua launched the Maendeleo Chap Chap movement on Saturday in Machakos.

Dr Mutua launched the Maendeleo Chap Chap movement on Saturday in Machakos.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua says he’s not concerned by calls for his ejection from the Wiper Democratic party.

Mutua says he’s protected by law and questioned why the party leaders were threatened by the national launch of his Maendeleo Chap Chap political movement on Saturday.

“It doesn’t matter what they decide about Alfred Mutua,” he said. “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.”

READ: Mutua launches movement for political, economic transformation

But a section of the party’s legislators saw it differently and responding to the Maendeleo Chap Chap launch on Sunday, accused Mutua of disloyalty.

The leaders who included Mutua’s deputy Bernard Kiala, Nominated Senator Judith Sijeny and MPs Susan Musyoka and Rose Museo — who were in the company of Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka — therefore called for his ejection.

“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.”

But Mutua held his ground and told Capital FM News that the Maendeleo Chap Chap movement transcended political parties and was intended to bring people together, not divide them along political lines.

“I wish they were holding a meeting to discuss how to organise the party in such a way that it would have more impact in the country and focus its members towards development. Not to discuss individuals,” he said.

His party leader has announced that there will be a Wiper meeting on January 16 at the Machakos Country Club to discuss among other things, Mutua’s perceived disloyalty.

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