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Governor Malombe vows to run Senator Musila out of Kitui town

Governor Malombe vows to run Senator Musila out of  Kitui town

Kitui governor Dr. Julius Malombe (Right) listens to Waita MCA Ndei Mukala during a fundraiser at Mwambui Secondary school in Mwingi Central constituency on Friday (October 7, 2016). Photo/ MWINGI TIMES.
Malombe intensifies calls to demand Musila's resignation as Wiper chairman stays put
A section of Kitui leaders allied to governor Julius Malombe have heightened their calls for resignation of the Wiper Democratic Movement party national chairman David Musila ahead of the 2017 party primaries.

Their demands come even as wrangles in the Wiper party in the county are seen to escalate rocking its supporters in two rival camps; with one group supporting the governor while the one is backing Senator Musila.

The leaders who included Dr Malombe, former Wiper Executive director and Mwingi Central parliamentary aspirant Dr Gideon Mulyungi, Kitui Wiper MCAs led by the majority leader Jacob Maundu and a group of the business community led by Kitui Chamber of Commerce deputy chairman Nzomo Munyithya  said Mr Musila must relinquish his influential position in order to provide a level playing ground as the two competed for the party ticket since he (Mr Musila) had declared interest in the gubernatorial race.

They were speaking over the weekend when the governor toured projects and presided over secondary schools fund-drives at Mwambui and Syomikuku Secondary schools in Waita and Kivou wards in respectively.

Dr Malombe led a vigorous attack on Senator Musila. He said the senator was planning to use his prominent party position to rob him other aspirants the party tickets.  The governor also demanded for resignation of Kitui East MP Mutua Muluvi as the party Director of Elections. He accussed the duo of  plotting to eject him from the party. “Both Mr Musila and Mr Muluvi have been going around the county saying they won’t give nomination ticket to anyone who does not support the former’s governorship ambitions,” the governor said.
The county boss said, the party officials’ words, deeds and behavior were biased and could not guarantee contestants within the Kalonzo Musyoka led party of free, fair, credible and accountable nominations.

“The party chairman has publicly said that he will not give tickets to those who oppose him. We term this as threatening and intimidation of the highest order. We cannot trust them because they will flout the nomination exercise,” Dr Malombe said of Mr Musila who was recently quoted saying those calling for his resignation as the party chairman will have to wait much longer as it would not happen.
“They have been saying the party has its owners and this is clearly telling other members to leave the party,” he said

 “Hundreds of aspirants in Kitui and the entire Ukambani region want to vie for their seats under our party but the two leaders can hardly inspire confidence in them because their utterances are clearly indicating they cannot guarantee integrity of fair primaries.” Dr Malombe said, maintaining that that Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission must supervise the party primaries to ensure a credible outcome.
Mr Malombe lamented that the two party officials had been scaring him so that he could run out of Wiper.  “I will firmly remain in Wiper party and eventually run Mr Musila out of town,” he said.

Mr Musila who has been traversing the vast county to popularize his bid had accused the governor of underdevelopment. But the governor refuted the claims saying that since the inception of devolution in 2013, the county government had initiated more than 4,000 development projects distributed equitably in the 40 wards.

“Government resources did not start flowing to this county yesterday, yet the likes of Mr Musila who have been in the government have done nothing which is people focused,” said Mr Malombe at Syumikuku secondary school on Saturday.

Dr Mulyungi who is also a member of the Wiper party’s National Executive Council on his part bashed at Mr Musila and Mr Muluvi for allegedly intimidating other members of the party. “It is a shame for them to claim they will deny some people the certificate even if they are voted by the people. Our NEC, the top governing organ of the party has not yet sat to set how our Wiper nominations will be conducted,” said Dr Mulyungi.

Mr Maundu who is also the Nuu ward MCA said Kitui county residents and their MCAs were ready to re-elect Dr Malombe. His Kivou counterpart Ms Kisio Kimanzi threatened to mobilize residents to barricade Mwingi-Garissa road in protest if Mr Musila and Mr Muluvi would not relinquish their party positions.

Nominated MCA Ms Colleta Kimanzi demanded that party leader Kalonzo Musyoka declare the owners of the Wiper party.

Others leaders who spoke included: MCAs Mr. Bernard Sila (Mwingi Central) and Mr. Ndei Mukala (Waita), Former Mwingi town council chairman Nzung’u Musya, business leaders Mr. Robert Ngeana and Campbell Munyambu.

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