Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has declared that he will not be coerced to support Kalonzo Musyoka in 2022.
Speaking during a Jamhuri Day rally in Makueni, Kibwana noted that he is not out to cause a rift in Ukambani but is only concerned about the welfare of Kenyans.
“I can’t wish to be among those out to divide Kambas, but I don’t want anybody to coerce me to support him,” Kibwana said.
The county boss maintained that he will only support ideologies that spur development for Ukambani people and Kenyans at large.
“Some politicians led by Kitui Senator Enoc Wambua and MP Gideon Mulyungi say I must support Kalonzo. That is 1980s politics. We will support what is benefiting our Kamba people and Kenya at large,” Kibwana declared.
“As we near 2022 we will meet our people and ask them what they want.”
The governor further added that he will not tolerate foul language from MPs allied to Kalonzo’s Wiper party.
On Sunday, Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi led several legislators at the Kitui Goat Auction, in warning governors Kibwana, Machakos’ Alfred Mutua and Kitui’s Charity Ngilu against ‘frustrating Kalonzo’s bid’.
They said the Kamba community was banking on Kalonzo to ensure Ukambani was part of the government in 2022.
But in a statement on Monday, Kibwana dismissed the narrative saying the Kamba community “cannot be forced to support a leader”
“Only in a monarchical system that there is no possibility for a designated leader to be opposed.”
Kibwana, who has been tipped for the top seat in 2022 by an increasing number of Kenyans, is yet to declare his interest.
He, however, gave a hint last month during a meeting with accountants in Mombasa. He said that he wouldn’t mind going for the top seat ‘as long as he has support’.