Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama has cautioned Wiper party boss Kaolnzo Musyoka against dishing out nomination certificates to selected candidates in the run up to the party primaries.
And in a clear attack to Makueni Governor Kibutha Kibwana’s recent move to decamp to the Wiper Party, Muthama said recent moves within the parties show even those who were once ardent critics of the party were now being given preferential treatment over longtime members.
He said the move by governor Kibwana to ditch his Muungano party for the Wiper party should be taken with a lot of caution as it could be a ploy to rock the party from within.
“How can someone who was our critic suddenly turn friend and even be considered more favorably over those who brought the party to where it is?,” posed Muthama while acknowledging cheers from supporters who had converged at the Mulu Mutisya Gardens in Machakos town.
“Everybody in Wiper is an equal partner and should therefore be subjected to a free and fair nomination process without undue favoritism,” he added.
And in a the clearest indication yet that Muthama and his party boss could be reading from different scripts as far as a joint presidential candidate for the opposition National Super Alliance(NASA)is concerned ,the vocal legislator said Kalonzo should not expect an easy ride in clinching the ultimate ticket.
He said while Kalonzo has an equal opportunity just like his other three colleagues in the coalition, he should be ready to stay in the outfit even if he loses out.
Muthama argued that all the three candidates each had huge followings in their home turfs just like Kalonzo and thus he stood to lose if he walked out after losing in the coming selection.
“Wiper as a party is safer in NASA than outside .As a result, Kalonzo should be prepared to stick with others to the end to ensure they dislodge Jubilee government from power. Any other way he takes will be a loss both for him and with the people of the larger Ukambani area,” he said.
He lauded the three other presidential hopefuls in the coalition who include Raila Odinga,Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula for crafting a unity pact in readiness for the August 8 elections and exuded confidence that the quartet will clinch victory in the coming polls.
“Contrary to what you see ,hear and read from media outlets there are no cracks in NASA .Our four leaders are united and we are confident that we shall get a single presidential candidate before we go to the August 8 elections,” he added.
He also accused the ruling government of marginalizing the Kamba region for long and promised Wiper supporters that this would be a thing of the past once the opposition takes power later in the year.
The legislator was accompanied by his Kitui counterpart David Musila and Machakos embattled Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala.
Both Musila and Kiala are eyeing the Kitui and Machakos gubernatorial seats.