I am ready to quit Wiper Party, Kibwana declares

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana with local residents at the Kwakathoka Agricultural Training centre on Thursday, January 31, 2019. /MUTUA KAMETI
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana with local residents at the Kwakathoka Agricultural Training centre on Thursday, January 31, 2019. /MUTUA KAMETI

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has said he was ready to quit Wiper if the party's leadership no longer wants him

Kibwana spoke on Thursday at Kwakathoka Agricultural Training centre at a public gathering.

"If the Wiper party's leadership wants back it's chairmanship or the Makueni governor's seat, then am ready to quit the positions. So I ask my followers to be ready for anything," Kibwana said.

The governor said it has been hard to work with the party and asked the community to take their complains to the party just as they did when they persuaded him to join Wiper.

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Kibwana won his second term after decamping from Muungano Party to Wiper a few days before the 2017 general elections due to "public demand".

He is the only Wiper-elected governor in Ukambani.

Kibwana's relationship with his party boss Kalonzo Musyoka turned frosty last year during the former VP father's funeral in Mwingi after the Wiper leader vowed to support President Uhuru Kenyatta without consulting other leaders.

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Kibwana has since joined his Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua in declaring an interest in the 2022 Presidency.

However, those supporting Kalonzo claim that Kibwana and Mutua are not serious in their bid but are eying cabinet positions in the next government after the end of their second and final terms.

"Ignore them, they are sure they cannot win the presidential seat but are looking for CS positions after the next general elections," Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo told mourners recently at a burial ceremony in his constituency.