Speculations among residents and opinion leaders in Ukambani region across the political divide have left subregion in a dilemma as to the direction the community would likely align itself to with as the countdown o president Uhuru Kenyatta succession game come 2022 general elections draws closer.
According to political analysts across the region, Kalonzo Musyoka and his Wiper party declaration during the unveiling of Building Bridges Initiative report by Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga that he would support it and the entry of the three region’s governors Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Alfred Mutua (Makueni) into Raila camp during the Kibra by-election last month further muddies the political eqution as to how political events would shape up prior to the 2022 general elections. Others say that contrary to the widely held belief among many that they joined Raila camp to spite
Wiper party leader after their fallout, it was actually the ODM leader who approached the trio through his close emissaries to his camp in a desperate attempt to escape the huge political debt he knows very well he owes the Wiper leader for rallying behind him twice with his community during 2013 and 2017 general election which they lost.
The same view is shared by Kalonzo confidante and Kitui senator Enock Wambua who observed that Raila knows that he cannot access Kamba vote bloc through Wiper party, hence his decision to use another avenue through the three governors.
Opinion shapers in the area are in agreement that the trio’s decision to work with the ODM leader during and after the BBI report, the widely expected national referendum and down to 2022 general election and the Wiper party leaders loud silence as to the direction the region should take provide more questions than answers and hence, the likely political dispensation the region would align itself with.
Efforts to get the governors for a comment were fruitless but an aide in Mutua’s office told Weekly Citizen that the trio’s decision to work with the ODM leader is informed by their concern for the nations stability and pointed out that they strongly believe that the handshake deal between him and the president is the best bet for the country’s social, economic and political prosperity past 2022 general elections.
Others say the three governors have found themselves high and dry after Raila took their money to supposedly protect them from senate scrutiny using senate public accounts committee chairman Moses Kajwang only for Raila to stop picking their phones immediately the Kibra by-election was over.
For the Wiper party leader and former VP, his conduct according to political analysts at present exposes him as a politician not ready to declare his political stand even as his opponents who have declared their presidential bid come 2022 criss cross the country campaigning. They opine that another challenge facing him in his inability to make hard political decisions especially in a scenario like what is taking place is the country where battlelines have already been drawn and with a likely possibility to tilt against his favour.
They lamented that the former VP’s style of choosing to be a fenceseater in the unfolding political events in the region appears to point to an inability to lead the region to the next level of prosperity.
They were categorical that another evident shortcoming of the Wiper leader in his discern the situation where political happenings are obviously murky at a time his opponents in the region roll out strategies to dethrone him. As for the three county bosses, according to observers their overtures to ODM leader are not tailored to benefit the residents but rather a desperate attempt to appease him in a bid to bail them out the EACC investigations bid where millions of taxpayers money was lost under their watch.
However, they were categorical that whatever political formations they would choose to align themselves with on the countdown to 2022 must be in tandem with the region’s needs and priorities or they be rendered politically irrelevant.
Residents interviewed told Weekly Citizen that the seemingly political battles and spats pitting the three governors against Wiper party leader if left unchecked could have the region approach the impending general elections divided down the middle to their disadvantage and challenged the local clergy and Kamba council of elders to convene an urgent meeting to look for a way forward and bring the warring parties to work together.