Machakos leaders pledge to back Mutua, Wiper MPs skip swearing-in

Elected Machakos leaders have promised to support Governor Alfred Mutua to ensure residents get the best services.

They include Machakos Senator-elect Boniface Kabaka, woman representative Joyce Kamene and MPs Charles Kilonzo (Yatta), Fabian Kyule (Kangundo) and Vincent Musyoka (Mwala).

All 40 ward representatives also declared on Thursday that they will back the Maendeleo Chap Chap leader.

They declared their support during Mutua’s inauguration at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos town on Thursday.

Wiper MPs Patrick Makau (Mavoko), Robert Mbui (Kathiani), Stephen Mule (Matungulu) and Joshua Mbithi (Masinga) all snubbed the ceremony.

Mutua said he invited all elected leaders from the region but those from Wiper party turned down the invitation.

The group said political goodwill lacked in the last five years, derailing Mutua’s efforts to executive ‘chap chap’ projects.

“I urge all elected leaders to come work with Mutua. Politics is over. He is the best bet and I can attest to that,” Kabaka said.

“There was lots of hullabaloo between you and outgoing Senator Johnson Muthama. Let’s work together through consultation and coordination.”

He added that they are learning and cannot be compromised.

“I will watch you keenly so that I get your blessings for the Machakos governor seat when your second term in office is over.”

Kilonzo, who was elected as an independent candidate, said he was disappointed by colleagues who skipped the ceremony.

“My advice to them is that there is time for politics and time to work. Politics is over…let’s settle down to work.”

The MCAs said they will work with the executive to avoid wrangles as witnessed in the first county assembly. Only one MCA was re-elected to the Machakos assembly during the August 8 elections.

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Wiper candidate Wavinya Ndeti, who was defeated in the county chief race, claimed Mutua rigged the election and that this was why he was the first of 47 governors to be sworn in.

She said she will go to court with the evidence she has and wait for justice to be served.

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