NATIONAL CAKE

Give me the job Kalonzo rejected, Ngilu tells Raila

Says she merits the Chief Cabinet Secretary position

In Summary

• Ngilu said if she secures the position, she will abandon plans to defend her seat in favour of former senator David Musila of the Jubilee party.

• “In the likely event that one of us gets a national seat, obviously the person has to support the other one," Musila said.

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and former Kitui Senator David Musila chat outside the Kitui multipurpose training and development center on Wednesday, May 18.
NATIONAL CAKE: Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and former Kitui Senator David Musila chat outside the Kitui multipurpose training and development center on Wednesday, May 18.
Image: MUSEMBI NZENGU

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu says she will lobby Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga to offer her the Chief Cabinet Ssecretary position rejected by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Ngilu said she merits the powerful government slot in the Azimio Oka power structure.

She said if she secures the position, she will abandon plans to defend her seat in favour of former Senator David Musila of the Jubilee Party.

Both Ngilu of Narc and Musila are competing for the Kitui governorship in the coming election under the Azimio coalition.

The duo spoke to the media in Kitui town on Wednesday after attending a meeting with the Kitui IEBC election manager Samuel Macharia.

“If I am to be given something else, I will consult with my only competition in Azimio. I have the option to throw my weight on the only other Azimio candidate. The others belong elsewhere. I cannot support someone who is not in Azimio,” Ngilu said.

Former Kitui Governor Julius Mlaombe, former Nairobi DG Jonathan Mueke, former Kitui Senator David Musila and Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu follow proceedings during a meeting with the Kitui IEBC election manager Samuel Macharia at Kitui multipurpose training and development centre on Wednesday, May 18.
AZIMIO BRIGADE: Former Kitui Governor Julius Mlaombe, former Nairobi DG Jonathan Mueke, former Kitui Senator David Musila and Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu follow proceedings during a meeting with the Kitui IEBC election manager Samuel Macharia at Kitui multipurpose training and development centre on Wednesday, May 18.
Image: MUSEMBI NZENGU

The county boss however said the ultimate political decision she will make will be as a result of widespread consultations.

She said whichever national office position she will get, it will be for and on behalf of the people of Ukambani.

“Since Kalonzo has rejected the position he was offered we met as Kamba leaders in Machakos and declared that we are keen on the seat. We agreed to have a sitting with Raila to see whether we can get the seat,” Ngilu said.

The governor said she is at a loss why Kalonzo sought the intervention of President Uhuru Kenyatta, oblivious of the fact that he is exiting office and the new sheriff in town will be Raila.

“Uhuru is not the one making appointments in government. That is now the responsibility of a different person, whom we are going to elect in the coming election. We need to become cozy with the new kid on the block and not Uhuru,” she said.

Musila welcomed Ngilu’s sentiments saying it is a milestone announcement that has not been made before.

“In the likely event that one of us gets a national seat, obviously the person has to support the other one," he said.

Musila said all pointers were that Azimio will end up getting one candidate.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

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