Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua is facing possible expulsion from the Wiper Democratic Movement party that sponsored him to the gubernatorial seat which would expose him to the possibility of losing his seat.
Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka has announced that the party’s stalwarts will be meeting later this month and will summon Mutua to explain his alleged championing of the ideals of the Maendeleo Chap Chap movement.
In his strongly worded statement yet less combative, the former Vice President dismissed the launch of the Maendeleo Chap Chap movement as a non- issue in the larger Ukambani region’s politics.
Mutua’s deputy Bernard Kiala also led a section of Members of the County Assembly who accused Mutua of engaging in political gimmicks and looking for a safe exit from the Wiper Party.
Kiala’s group now wants Mutua to step aside if he was committed to the fight against corruption citing the case facing him over buying of county vehicles.
Mutua, is also in trouble with area residents who attended the launch of the movement Saturday who accuse him of failing to pay them their attendance fee.
During the launch of the Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement demonstrators demanding their attendance fee were teargassed.
Some of these people allegedly from Nairobi said they were stranded after the Governor failed to honour his promise of paying them for attending the launch of the Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement.
The last two years have been characterized with incessant wars in the Lower Eastern region pitting Kalonzo Musyoka who is regarded the political kingpin of Ukambani region and Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua who is seen as seeking to wrestle political clout from Musyoka.
And while Mutua was elected on a Wiper Party ticket, a party led by Kalonzo Musyoka a co-principal in the opposition CORD, Mutua has been perceived to lean towards the Uhuru Kenyatta led Jubilee administration.
When Mutua launched sensitization rallies of his Mandeleo Chap Chap in the counties of Machakos, Kitui and Makueni, he ran into political headwinds with opposition from Kalonzo’s allies.
Mutua has the support of a score of Mps from the region led by Mwingi North Mp John Munuve while Kalonzo still enjoys political loyalty from most of the MPs led by Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama largely opposed to Mutua’s leadership.