Controversial Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has declared total war on Kilifi women representative Gertrude Mbeyu, accusing her of working against the interests of local residents.
Jumwa is bitter that Mbeyu whom she claims to have groomed and assisted to win the county MP seat in the last general elections has abandoned her and joined Team Embrace which is against William Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.
Embrace movement is made up of women leaders supporting the Building Bridges Initiative and the handshake between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. On the other hand, Inua Mama Team in which Jumwa belongs is composed of women leaders who are allied to Tangatanga movement which is pushing for Ruto to succeed Uhuru at State House.
The Malindi MP has distinguished herself as DP Ruto’s chief campaigner in Coast politics and has been at war with her own party ODM and its leadership, accusing them of using and dumping Coast residents.
The MP has since hinted that she would be contesting for the Kilifi governor seat in 2022 on Umoja Summit Party of Kenya ticket. The Coast-based party’s registration was reportedly facilitated by Ruto. The aim being to be used by pro-DP politicians to woo Coast voters who have no time for Jubilee party.
Recently, Jumwa’s move to disrupt Team Embrace rally in Kilifi hosted by Mbeyu backfired after local police through intelligence intercepted two buses which were ferrying goons from her Malindi constituency to the meeting at Karisa Maitha grounds.
The unexpected arrest of the goons irked Jumwa who accused the Kilifi police of playing politics. She vowed to deal with the specific officers who were involved in the mission. Sources said the goons brief was to heckle Mbeyu to ensure she did not address the meeting.
Embrace members including Gladys Wanga of Homa Bay and Sabina Chege of Murang’a condemned Jumwa for allegedly promoting violence, saying it was wrong for the Malindi MP to give women money to go and disrupt a peaceful meeting.
On her part, Mbeyu accuses Jumwa of having chased her out of DP Ruto’s camp. The women rep says she left Tangatanga faction after Jumwa said she was of no importance since she has ‘no votes’ to offer Ruto in his 2022 presidential bid.
“If Jumwa tells me that I don’t have any vote to enable the DP to win 2022 general election, then let it be. But I want to tell her that she will be in for a surprise,” she says.
Mbeyu has returned to ODM and vowed to campaign for her party candidate in the upcoming Ganda ward by-election slated for October 17.
But to cut Mbeyu to size, Jumwa is supporting Jubilee nominated senator Christine Zawadi to go for the Kilifi women rep seat in the next general elections.
Mbeyu, a former Kibarani MCA, has in recent months lost favour with the youth after she led opposition to the so-called disco matanga, a backward practice whereby locals hold dances in night vigils for the dead that are turned into sex orgies causing early pregnancies among girls in the county.