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QUIT Azimio interview panel if you wish, Ngilu tells Senator Wambua

 Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has told her Senator Enoch Wambua to quit as a member of the Azimio’s presidential running mate panel “without unnecessary sabotage and noise”.

 Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu is sandwiched by three grannies, Juliana Musyoka (left), Syombua Nguthu and Lumu Nginda (right) at Kanguu trading centre in Kenze Sub Location in Kitui East when the governor issued 4,502 land title deeds to residents. Photo/PAUL MUTUA

Ngilu accused Mr. Wambua of malicious campaigns against her since she took over county leadership in 2017.

She claimed the senator was playing dirty and working in cahoots with former senator David Musila who is seeking to oust her in the August 9 General Election, and the Wiper Party at large, to sow discontent in Azimio and paint a negative picture about her.

Speaking at the weekend at Kanguu trading centre in Kenze sub location in Kitui East Sub County when she issued 4,502 title deeds to residents, the governor described the senator as a “useless and terrible” leader with self-centred interests aimed at denying Azimio’s presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga victory at the presidency.    

Wambua was quoted threatening to quit the seven-member panel to pick the Azimio presidential running mate after Ngilu’s name was included among the nominees to deputise Mr Odinga.

The senator claimed the governor's name was stealthily sneaked into the shortlist of seven candidates. He said seven names were unanimously picked during Friday´s sitting but Ngilu´s name was later included on the shortlist.  

Wambua who spoke at his Kyondoni home village in Kitui West said he would rather exit the panel instead of allowing underhand deals and behind the scene manoeuvres that are not in realm with the mandates of the team.

However, Ngilu told the senator and her critics that she was not an easy political soup to gulp and told him to shut up.

She wondered why Wambua and Musila were teaming up with the Wiper fraternity to stop her from deputising Raila in the countdown to the forthcoming elections.

Ngilu sought to explain that when she took over reigns of the county’s leadership in 2017, she vowed to bring lasting change to the social-economic welfare of Kitui people using her five-pillar development agenda.


The Narc Party leader said she will not bow to intimidation, threats or blackmail orchestrated by a few bent elements opposed to development.

“My leadership has and will remain focused with an open-door policy for residents,” she said.

Ngilu said as she seeks a second term in office, her administration has structured plans to empower the youth and create jobs such as the newly established Kitui County Textiles Centre (Kicotec), which has created close to 1,000 new opportunities.

The governor said the government has a clear agenda and a workable strategy that has enabled her to deliver her campaign pledges.

She further promised to continue bringing lasting change to the social-economic welfare of Kitui people using her five-pillar development agenda-food and water, healthcare, education, youth and women empowerment, and wealth creation.

On Friday, the panel released a list of seven names which it said it had shortlisted from 20 applicants who showed interest in deputising Raila.  

They were Wiper Democratic Movement party leader Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, his Narc Kenya counterpart Martha Karua and Mombasa governor Hassan Joho.

Others are Muran’ga Women Rep, Sabina Chege, Peter Kenneth, Kanu’s Gideon Moi and National Liberty Party’s Stephen Tarus.

Shortly afterwards, the panel leased another amended list with Ngilu as the eighth selected candidate. 


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