, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has termed the move by the Wiper Democratic Party to expel him from the party on Thursday last week as non-consequential, saying he saw it coming and was prepared to face the party with his newly launched Maendeleo Chap Chap Party.
Mutua who was addressing aspirants from the Ukambani region intending to vie for various seats on Maendeleo Chap Chap’s ticket said his party was based on a quest to develop the country as opposed to engaging in unnecessary fights to gain political mileage.
- Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua terms expulsion from Wiper Democratic Party on Thursday last week as non-consequential.
- Maendeleo Chap Chap will not align itself to any political alliance yet but will field candidates in all positions come next year’s election except the presidency.
- Mr Carlos Kioko unveiled as candidate for the senatorial race for Machakos county against Mutua's archrival Senator Johnston Muthama.
“ This party (Wiper) started chasing me around when I started running my government in 2013,” he said during the meeting at the Maendeleo Chap Chap Party headquarters in Lavington. “ When they (Wiper) heard that I had bought ambulances to help mothers deliver in hospitals and stop dying by the roadside while going to hospital they said this Mutua must leave.”
Mutua dismissed claims that his ouster from the Wiper Party was as a result of disloyalty to the party leadership saying the party punished him purely on his development agenda. He said that he made the decision to quit the party long before the party kicked him out.
“I realized that this house (Wiper Party) that I am in doesn’t love development they just like politics and poverty. I decided to prepare myself and I want to tell them I am ready.”
According to Mutua the party will not align itself to any political alliance yet but will field candidates in all positions come next year’s election except for the position of President of the Republic.
“We’re afraid of nothing,” he said in a spirited address at the party’s headquarters. “ Our intention is to field candidates all over the nation and we’re confident of taking over all the seats currently occupied by the Wiper Party.”
Mutua, who since taking office been engaged in a political duel with his archrival and Senator Johnston Muthama, unveiled a candidate for the senatorial race for Machakos county – one Mr Carlos Kioko – who he said will face Muthama and unseat him in the 2017 polls.
Mutua however said his party will remain open to the idea of joining forces with other like-minded political formations but ruled out the possibility of working with the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy or the yet to be launched National Super Alliance.
The Machakos chief executive was among elected leaders ejected from the former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s led party after they were deemed to have quit the party after associating with rival parties including the Jubilee Party.
Others leaders ejected include MPs Regina Ndambuki (Kilome), John Munuve (Mwingi North), Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni) and Richard Makenga (Kaiti).
The decision to expel the leaders was arrived at after the Wiper Party Disciplinary Committee led by advocate Harun Ndubi – handed over a report to the party’s deputy chairperson, Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr – which found them culpable of supporting rival political formations.
The party however spared Bishop Robert Mutemi Mutua, a nominated MP, who is said to have been pardoned.