Analysts say Ukambani ‘rebel Mps’ fate sealed as defectors ignore Kalonzo

Political analysts have warned rebel Mps from Ukambani region not to take lightly comments made by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday that they will all lose their seats in the forthcoming general elections.
Musyoka yesterday at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos County told Mps from the region who defected to the newly formed Jubilee Party that they will be sent home very early in the morning by the electorates due to what he termed as betrayal of the people who elected them.
Martin Andati a political analyst advises the defectors not to take Musyoka’s words lightly but consider the trickle-down effect of their former party leader statements being that he is the region kingpin.

“Majority of these MPs will definitely lose their seats. It will be more compounded if the Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka decides to run as a presidential candidate in the 2017 polls,” Andati told X news on phone.
MPs Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central), Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni), Francis Mwangangi (Yatta), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala) and Itwiku Mbai (Masinga) had threatened they would make a ‘major declaration’ on their own should the Wiper party leader fail to heed to their demands.
Musyoka, a Cord co-principal, yesterday told a gathering in Machakos county during the Mashujaa Day celebrations that he had disowned and let go of the 11 MPs who had defected to President Uhuru Kenyatta led party.
“It’s just the other day when some leaders decamped from my party to Jubilee, including my Governor here, Alfred Mutua who has welcomed you Mr. President and I want to officially hand them over to you with effect from today because they are your people,” Musyoka told President Kenyatta.

“Leave alone the Deputy President William Ruto, in fact he was the one ‘snatching’ our people, to you too I hand over those MPs,” he added.
Andati has pointed out that the declaration by Musyoka that he has officially handed over the Mps to President Kenyatta can be interpreted to imply that he was not keen on engaging the defectors.
In a quick rejoinder, Mwala MP Eng. Vincent Musyoka who is among the rebel MPs who had issued the ultimatum in Matuu town a fortnight ago, said Kalonzo’s attack on the perceived party defectors was inconsequential and uncalled for.

“Kalonzo can’t purport to be dictating what we should be doing and who should be elected where and when. How can he allege that he has power to take people home yet in the 2013 elections it’s the same people who decided that some of us are elected as MPs and him rejected at the ballot,” he said.
The legislator said that it was irresponsible for a national leader of Kalonzo’s stature to abuse the opportunity, he was given to address the gathering on Mashujaa day and instead confined himself to non-issues.

“This man Kalonzo is scared of our political manoeuvres, saying those who have defected to Jubilee will go home is irrelevant and belittling of himself as a national leader,” he added.

However, he says that Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua who has said that his Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement will work closely with Jubilee at the next polls, will be re-elected owing to the fact that Wiper Party has no formidable candidate currently to square it out with Mutua.

Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala and East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) legislator Peter Mathuki have both announced their intentions to vie the Machakos gubernatorial seat on the wiper ticket.

According to Andati, the two have no political muscle to edge out Mutua, but in case Wiper fields another candidate then, Mutua will have to call it a day.

“It be an easy task to oust Mutua from the seat, wiper party has no strong candidate to face off with Mutua. He might be re-elected back to office,” he stated.
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