Former Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama may vie for the gubernatorial seat if the same is declared vacant by the Supreme Court.
Speaking in Kangundo on Thursday, Muthama asked the people not to deny him votes if he vies for any post that may fall vacant if the highest court invalidates the election of Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua.
Muthama had earlier in another public forum hinted vying for governor position after the 2017 Wiper Party candidate Wavinya Ndeti differed over her running mate.
Muthama declined to contest the County’s Senate seat in last year’s general elections.
The politician was proposing former deputy governor Bernard Kyala to deputize Wavinya which she declined and insisted on going to the polls with another candidate, Peter Mathuki.
The Machakos gubernatorial seat has elicited mixed reactions from the regional politicians considering the much-awaited Supreme Court case ruling on the eligibility of the outcome of last year’s contested elections.
Consequently Muthama played down referendum calls saying the Kenya Constitution 2010 has not covered eight years since its promulgation, adding; the colonial constitution had been in place for over 40 years.
Muthama said the recent calls for constitutional amendments are selfish and tribal driven politics meant to create additional positions for a Prime Minister and two deputies.
In his address, Muthama said the proposed amendments seek to combine the three Ukambani counties of Machakos, Makueni and Kitui into one.
This he said, would will kill the spirit of devolution by denying services closer to the people, as they have enjoyed in the last five years since its implementation began in 2013.
He said the additional three offices will be a burden to the already over taxed Kenyans, urging the people to vote against the referendum should they be asked to.
The six top positions if passed, will eat into the country’s budget that could affect development efforts like providing water for the nation for five years.
The first Machakos senator said the new positions, will be occupied by six tribal kingpins, who will hoodwink Kenyans to continue suffering, in consolation that their tribe is in government.