Has Kalonzo lost control of Wiper?
21 October 2014, 13:35
Nairobi - Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is under pressure from within the party as rebels threaten to turn him over.
The former Vice President and now principal of the CORD coalition has been under severe pressure in recent weeks as Governors in the Ukambani region wilt under the threat of impeachment and lack of order.
He has been accused by many of not taking charge of the ugly situation in Makueni County where Governor Kivutha Kibwana has been impeached by members of county assemblies for allegedly not supporting their demand for more funds.
Kibwana has already accused Kalonzo of not protecting him and has said he will quit the party if need be.
And on Sunday, two other Governors , Machakos' Alfred Mutua and Kitui's Julius Malombe said they would also quit the party in protest of the lack of leadership at the party.
" This is getting serious. The party is not protecting us from MCA's. The party leader has failed to take charge of the situation and that is not good for us," Mutua said.
On his part, Kibwana echoed the sentiments made by Mutua.
" We need the leadership to get a hold of the situation. We cannot just drop down to the demands made by MCA's at the expense of the needs of the public. It is up to the party to deal with it conclusively," he added.
Political analysts in the region have also laid the blame for unrest in the region squarely at Kalonzo's door.
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" He has to take blame because this is widely a Wiper region and majority of MCA's are affiliated to Wiper. He really has to do something to take over the situation which is worrying, Musembi Matheka a political analyst from the region said.
" There is unrest from the top to the bottom and as a leader of such significance, that is a real worry, he adds.
Kalonzo has been in and out of the country in recent times but says he will take charge of the situation in due course.
" We are in consultations with leaders at various levels to ensure that all returns to normal as soon as possible, he said last week from South Africa.
According to Mutua, Kibwana and Malombe, he must act soon. Very soon.
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