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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Musila and Malombe in war of words

Members of Wiper in Kitui county have condemned the recent public spat between Kitui county governor Julius Malombe   and Senator David Musila which has hitherto exposed the cold war coalescing between supporters of the governor and those of the senator that has been fuelled by the governor’s decision to close down over 115 rural health centres constructed by CDF funds under the tutelage of Musila.
Addressing a public rally at Kwavonza market recently, Wiper party members told the press that the two had disagreed bitterly and criticised each other in public, ultimately exposing their persistent cold war said to have begun towards the end of last year.
Through their representatives Mukuri Muema, Kimali Mwendwa and Kimanzi Kikuvi, the Wiper party members told the press that the open disagreement between the two had opened floodgates of attacks from MPs and other local leaders allegedly not satisfied with the county’s leadership style.
The rally held at Musila’s hometurf saw sparks of a commotion emerge among supporters of the two when the senator took the microphone and questioned the governor’s rationale over his policies as he insisted that health providers  was a county  government  initiative.
During the public spat, Malombe accused the senator of being insensitive and out of touch with the county’s development initiatives and insisted that he will not be cowed to change his policies for political expediency as demanded by the senator.
Senator Musila, also the Wiper party national chairman said that he felt deeply let down together with the county residents by the governor’s lopsided approach to addressing development inequalities and challenged him to reconsider his policies for the sake of development.
According to keen observers who have been closely watching the cold war between the duo, the salty relationship is for alleged control of the vast county. Word has it that the governor is out of touch with residents with spontaneous attacks from a cross section of local leaders as they view Wiper party chairman to have the muscle to command  significant respect across the political divide in the area.
Meanwhile national assembly minority leader Francis Nyenze (Kitui West) and MPs John Munuve, Joe Mutambu, Mutua Muluvi, Charles Nyamai and Mulu Makali have asked party leader and Kalonzo Musyoka to crack the whip on Malombe whom they accused of being arrogant. Malombe was a don at the University of Nairobi before walking into the murky political waters.