Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana Renounces His Position as Wiper Party Chair

  • Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has announced his resignation as the party chairman for the wiper Democratic Party.

    While announcing the move, the Makueni Governor revoked his ties with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka's party citing that he could no longer be in an abusive marriage.

    Kivutha also asked the wiper chief to revoke his chairmanship and appoint another leader to take up the mantle.

    Kibwana claimed that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka was using a section of his county legislators to frustrate his development agenda.

     “We know he has been using some junior Wiper politicians to frustrate me. You remember the other day, he even used former MCAs to insult me at a funeral in my home county,” Kibwana stated.

    He also cited the Wiper leadership's failure to practise democracy as part of the reason he was leaving and added that he had tried to be patient enough.

    “You cannot call your party Wiper Democratic then kill the democracy in it. If you don’t let people question, what do you imply?” he added.

    His announcement comes days after Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka held a meeting in his Yatta home with wiper party officials, excluding the county boss.

    It is alleged that in the meeting, some of the wiper officials demanded that the Makueni Governor be kicked out as the party chair citing that Kivutha was publicly defying the Wiper leader.

    Kivutha later, while explaining his absence in the meeting, revealed that he did not attend the meeting since he was not invited.

    He also claimed that he would not bow down to the wiper leadership’s demands to subscribe to their narratives.

    "I'll not attend that meeting because I wasn't invited, but if Wiper leadership thinks they can intimidate us into supporting a certain political narrative, they are deeply mistaken because Kenya has changed and grown in democracy terms," he told Daily Nation.

    Kibwana, together with the two other Ukambani governors, Alfred Mutua and Charity Ngilu, have previously called out Kalonzo publicly, asking him to resign from active politics.

    The three, while forming the People's Empowerment Movement argued that Kalonzo's era as the Ukambani king pin had not benefitted the Ukambani People.

    They claimed that Ukambani needed progressive leaders intent on the development agenda for the region.