NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 10 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has told those who want him out of the Wiper Democratic Movement to dust off their boxing gloves because he won’t leave the party without a fight.
Mutua says he did nothing wrong in launching the Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement and will therefore not sit passively by and allow himself to be ejected from the party on whose ticket he secured office. “There are some people who want to push me out of Wiper. They must be told it will not be easy,” he said in Changamwe where he opened a Maendeleo Chap Chap office.
He, however, made no attempt to appease those he’s alienated in the party or to hide his distaste for them. He referred to them as, “losers who will certainly fail.”
The Wiper Democratic Movement has a meeting scheduled for January 21 at which Mutua’s future in the party — among other things, according to party Chairman David Musila — will be discussed. “We cannot call a meeting to discuss an individual.”
“It was simply expedient,” he told Capital News. “That being said, it’s a relief really and you can quote me on that.”
It was not clear whether Musila took the launch of Maendeleo Chap Chap to mean Mutua had changed parties and if that was the relief.
Mutua has time and again described Maendeleo Chap Chap as a political movement intended to catalyse socio-economic and political transformation nationally; across party divides.
“Poverty is not the preserve of the ruling coalition or the opposition. Why then,” he posed, “should our efforts to bring our people out of poverty be divided along political lines?”
He’s therefore claimed to fail to understand why his party members, his Deputy Bernard Kiala included, were not behind him. “Those fighting me will be swept away by the political tsunami that is supported by the masses,” he said.
Those calling for Mutua’s ejection from Wiper – Kiala, Nominated Senator Judith Sijeny and MPs Susan Musyoka and Rose Museo included– have accused him of sustained insubordination and disloyalty.
“He’s been consistently disrespectful to the party leader and organs,” Musyoka accused, “and what is Maendeleo Chap Chap but another affront?” she posed at a rally in Kibwezi.
Mutua however appears not to have been swayed. In the last week alone, he’s launched Maendeleo Chap Chap in Machakos, Nairobi, Mombasa and Taita Taveta where he’s opened offices.