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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Machakos women to strip naked again to curse Kalonzo

Enraged women groups in Machakos county have threatened to strip naked following the expulsion of Wiper MCAs by Kalonzo Musyoka
The irritated women under the umbrella of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation have called for the reinstating of the expelled MCAs.
The party expelled Makueni majority leader Francis Mutuku and his Machakos counterpart Joshua Mwonga, nominated MCAs Margaret Ndalana, Jackline Nziva, Ruth Ndumi, Mary Paul and Ndinda Mbithe.
Speaking during a highly charged rally at Mulu Mutisya Garden, the women and elected leaders accused Kalonzo of being dictatorial.
Machakos Maendeleo ya Wanawake chairperson Francisca Mutinda accused Kalonzo of political impunity.
“Kalonzo has failed to deliver. Instead of uniting the Kamba community he is out to intimidate innocent women. What has he done for the community? Enough is enough,” she said
Machakos Town MP Victor Munyaka revealed that Kalonzo was misled by Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama and other party loyalists.
Munyaka said that they have started Operation Defend Development and they will hold regular meetings and go round Ukambani preaching development.
MCAs from the three counties present at the rally in Machakos criticised the Wiper leader and Senator Muthama.
 Before the axe landed on the MCAs, Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior had asked Kalonzo to stamp his authority, saying rebels were shaming him and the Kamba community.
“Our party leader must be respected and we will protect him at whatever cost. The masqueraders who think they can replace him should not be given the privilege to abuse him as they wish,” said Mutula.
The senator said it was sad for a section of nominated Wiper MCAs to ridicule Kalonzo in public under the guise of working with the Jubilee government.
However, a Wiper MP from Makueni county has differed with his counterparts on the expulsion of seven Machakos and Makueni MCAs from the party.
Kaiti MP Katemi Makenga said there was not enough consultation before the decision was made.
“The party is not exploring re-conciliatory avenues well enough in dealing with challenges,” Makenga said.
 He said that Wiper should take 2015 as a year of reconciliation ahead of the next general election.
The Kaiti legislator said taking a hard stand at this time might cost the party dearly in 2017.
“I suggest that this is the time we should be working on how to bring everybody on board and not driving them away,” he said
Makenga said the party will need the expelled MCAs in the next polls.
The Machakos county assembly has 10 nominated Wiper MCAs. But Governor Alfred Mutua has convinced five of them, including embattled majority leader Joshua Mwinga, to join his side.
The other five are allied to Muthama who is a close ally of Kalonzo.