Kalonzo facing Ukambani Rebellion
In the recent past, Kalonzo has not been having a smooth ride in what was once perceived as his political tuff. Three governors from Ukambani (Governor Charity Ngilu, Alfred Mutua and Kivuta Kibwana) have formed a political alliance to challenge Kalonzo Musyoka’s dominance in the region.
This is one war that we might not see the end of it till the General Elections in 2022. At the moment, Kalonzo faces what is arguable his biggest test as the region’s supremo, furthermore, now that he is no longer the number two to NASA Leader Raila Odinga. The handshake between Raila and President Kenyatta further erodes Kalonzo’s opposition influence.
The 3 governors argue that Kalonzo has tried to destabilize their administration by having the Wiper Party MCAs who are the majority, to rebel against them and fail to pass bills and budget for the counties.
“The Wiper leadership is hypocritical. Wiper MCAs have been destabilising the three Ukambani counties on instructions from Kalonzo. This is what we will not accept anymore,” Mutua stated at a TV interview.
Govenor Ngilu who is under siege from the Wiper Party MCAs on budgetary allocation has threatened to precipitate the dissolution of the county government that will lead to fresh elections.
“The MCAs have refused to allocate money to development projects in critical sectors including health and water, but demand to be taken for tours in Mombasa and elsewhere to satisfy their pleasures. I will not succumb to pressure from them,” Ngilu vowed recently.
Mutua argues that the new move will allow the people of Ukambani experience more development. According to him, in the past, the leaders have been working hard to ensure that the residents remained poor.