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Eight outgoing Ukambani MPs to support Uhuru after humiliating defeats

The leaders, who included outgoing Kitui Senator David Musila, said it was in the best interest of the region to work with the Jubilee administration.

The former MPs who spoke at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi yesterday said they took the decision to “rescue our people”.

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The leaders who suffered a humiliating defeat in the just-concluded polls said it was in the interest of the Kamba people to work with Jubilee so as to push for development agenda.

Others at the press briefing were Charles Mutisya Nyamai (Kitui Rural), John Munuve (Mwingi North), Bernard Kitungi (Mwingi West), Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central), Marcus Mutua Muluvi (kitui East) and Itwiku Mbai (Masinga).

The leaders further condemned work boycott called by NASA leader Raila Odinga to protest the outcome of the presidential vote.

They talked of plans to hold consultative meetings with the community to move them from the Opposition and commit support to the ruling party.

“Regardless of his (Kalonzo Musyoka’s) views, the Kamba community does not support work boycott and protests. We condemn any acts of violence which can cause instability in the country,” said Musila.

The leaders urged parties disputing the poll outcome to use the Judiciary instead of resorting to street protests.

“We do recognise the results of the elections as declared by the constitutionally mandated body, IEBC. In this connection, we support the call by the clergy and international observers that aggrieved parties follow the laid-down procedures to seek legal redress,” he added.

Most of the poll losers were among rebels who went against the Wiper wave in the region to campaign for Uhuru.

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Mr Mutambu said he was happy Uhuru managed to get more votes than what he garnered in the 2013 General Election.

Musila, who until his resignation was Wiper chairman, ran for Kitui governor as an independent candidate after losing the party’s ticket to outgoing Governor Julius Malombe.

Musila and Malombe lost to former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu.

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