Mutua risks CORD isolation by snubbing Raila and welcoming Uhuru
27 May 2015, 18:15
Nairobi - Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua risks being isolated by the CORD coalition after missing an Okoa Kenya Referendum function but attending a visit by president Uhuru Kenyatta the following day.
Mutua was ridiculed by CORD leader Raila Odinga for failing to appear for a Machakos Okoa Kenya Referendum rally Tuesday, saying that the lack of support from the Governor was disappointing.
It will be even worse for Raila as Mutua was present the following day as President Kenyatta visited and was even seen smiling and exchanging pleasantries with the president.
Mutua is well known to be against the Okoa Kenya referendum, last year even causing a rift between him and his Deputy Bernard Kiala after he attended the referendum launch in Nairobi.
He is however on record as saying he supports the Wiper Party chairman Kalonzo Musyoka.
A member of Mutua's team defended the Governor over his actions, saying that it was his choice to decide where and how to manage his event planning.
" Today was an official Machakos and National government function which the Governor had to attend," an aide that did not want to be named told News24 on phone.
" The Governor was on official duty today. Yesterday he was preparing for today's visit, as was the case Monday," the aide added.
According to political analysts though, the move by Mutua points to a level of tyranny.
" He has acted like a tyrant. He could even have appeared at the Okoa Kenya function for a few minutes but he did not. So it is hard to tell what he is thinking about," political analyst Michael Njenga feels.
" From a CORD point of view, it will be looked at that way. From his personal point of view, he decides where to go to and no one can stop him," he added.
Mutua has previously asked for Kalonzo's help when dealing with issue in his Machakos turf so whether he is loyal to the CORD cause remains to be seen.
That said, with Kalonzo a very well supported figure in the Ukambani region, it will be difficult to state whether if indeed Mutua continues with his current stance, come the 2017 elections, he will receive the same support if he decides to run via a different party.
" It will be tight. Mutua has developed his own mantra in Machakos but the reality is that Kalonzo is the Ukambani kingpin and one is better of being on his side than against him," Njenga states.
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