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Saturday, August 19, 2017

No tug of war with Kalonzo, I’ll work with Malombe, says Ngilu

Charity Ngilu, who is poised to be declared Kitui governor, in Kitui town on Thursday / MUSEMBI NZENGU
Charity Ngilu, who is poised to be declared Kitui governor, in Kitui town on Thursday / MUSEMBI NZENGU

Incoming Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has said her win over incumbent Julius Malombe (Wiper) will not in hurt her relationship Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

The relationship will still be intact, she said.

"We have been having a good relationship with him of late and it will continue beyond this election. I campaigned for him and NASA ahead of the election," Ngilu, the Narc leader, told journalists on Thursday.

Ngilu and Kalonzo had for years been engaged in supremacy wars for the Ukambani political kingpin. At one time, the relationship between the two was so bad that at a harambee in Kitui Ngilu publicly snubbed Kalonzo's handshake.

However, the icy relationship appeared to have thawed as the two found themselves campaigning together for Nasa ahead of Tuesday's General Election.

But even as they campaigned together at the NASA level, at the grassroots level where Ngilu was taking on Wiper's Malombe, Kalonzo made no secret about his campaigning for his party candidate as opposed to Narc's Ngilu.

However, speaking to journalists at the Kitui county tallying centre said going forward no tug-of-war was expected between her and Kalonzo. She said she recognised Kalonzo as a the Kamba leader poised for greater things.

Ngilu said she is willing to work with Malombe and also secure a job for him because he is an invaluable asset and an intellectual.

"Malombe was a former university lecture. Luckily, in the past, I managed to facilitate the setting up of two universities in Kitui. We will secure him a job in one of the institutions as a lecturer," she said.

However, by Friday morning, Ngilu had not received her official certificate from the IEBC because tallying had not been completed.

Ngilu urged Malombe to concede defeat just as Senator David Musila had done.

Malombe had earlier disputed the results posted on the IEBC website, saying they were not backed by forms 37A as provided by law. He was third after Musila.

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