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2017 KENYA ELECTIONS

After surviving ouster, Governor Kibwana stands high re-election chance

Makueni County unlike the other two Ukambani counties is perceived a NASA stronghold and it will be difficult for the incumbent to face great challenge like Dr Alfred Mutua of Machakos and Dr Julius Malombe of Kitui/FILE

MAKUENI, Kenya, Aug 7 – It was the first county to recommend dissolution.

He faced so many battles in the first years after being elected the first Makueni County Governor, but now political analysts say he faces no headache at all.

In October 2014, Governor Kivutha Kibwana faced impeachment over allegations of abetting corruption, gross violation of the law, misconduct and abuse of power.

Political analysts say Prof Kibwana secured his winning ticket for the August 8 election the moment he declared support to NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka and dimmed hopes for incumbent Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr who had interest in the same seat.

Judah Kioko, a lawyer and analyst terms Kibwana as being tactful and his contacts in the Wiper party ensured he gets re-elected.

It is widely believed that Kibwana played a vital role in the Emali declaration where several Ukambani leaders including ex-CS Charity Ngilu, Wavinya Ndeti and Mutua Katuku threw their support behind Musyoka.

Makueni County unlike the other two Ukambani counties is perceived a NASA stronghold and it will be difficult for the incumbent to face great challenge like Dr Alfred Mutua of Machakos and Dr Julius Malombe of Kitui.

As Kenyans head for elections Tuesday, Prof Kibwana will be facing off with Jubilee candidate Gideon Ndambuki, New Democrats candidate David Masika and Bernard Kiilu of the Liberal Democratic Party.

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