A deep political contest is expected in Machakos County after Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and members settled on former senator Johnstone Muthama’s estranged wife Agnes Kavindu as their candidate.
Kathiani Member of Parliament Robert Mbui, who doubles as Wiper Party national organizing secretary, confirmed to a local media that Wiper had settled on Kavindu as its candidate.
“We have Agnes Muthama on our side and she is a strong candidate and already has given us all Muthama’s secrets and we will floor him very early morning,” the Kathiani MP said, adding that fielding Kavindu would be the last nail on Muthama’s political career.
The thinking in the Kalonzo Musyoka-led party is that the newly launched United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is likely to clear Muthama to vie for the seat he declined to defend in the 2017 elections. Therefore, his only weapon will be his estranged wife.
However, Muthama has not publicly declared interest in the by-election. In fact, the veteran politician has been meeting politicians who are interested in flying the UDA flag in polls slated for March 18.
Kavindu was a candidate for the Machakos Women Rep in the 2017 elections, coming second with 96,000 votes despite running on a Jubilee ticket.
She was also a member of the BBI taskforce and might campaign as a handshake candidate, an antidote to the Hustler Nation venom.
Muthama declined to defend his Senatorial seat after falling out with Kalonzo, paving way for Boniface Mutinda Kabaka to be elected on a Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) ticket. Kabaka passed away last month.
“I have said and I want to repeat again that I am done with senatorship politics. When the time comes (2022) I will go for a higher position and not the Senate seat,” he said.
He is currently the chairperson of a party being linked to deputy president William Ruto which is the United Democratic Alliance party that has brought about the hustler nation movement from across the country.
Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, Muthama said he ceased to be a Wiper Member the day he withdrew out of the Machakos senatorial in 2017.
He has since established himself as Ruto’s point man in the Ukambani region to the chagrin of Kalonzo.