Machakos Senator, Johnstone Muthama has denied claims that he ordered Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua to kneel before him before he declared his candidature. Speaking on Wednesday, Muthama continued to say that he is not opposed to the creation of the new Machakos City, launched recently by President Uhuru Kenyatta. In response to this allegation, he said the report was false and its only intention is to tarnish his name. The senator recently filed a case to block the the county government from executing its plans for the new machakos city.
“I wish to state that the deponent is making incredible unfounded allegations only meant to distract attention from the real issues,” he said in an affidavit filed by lawyer John Khaminwa. Last week, Mutua asked Justice Weldon Korir to dismiss the case as it had been filed with ulterior motives. He accused Muthama of dragging their political differences to court at the expense of the county’s development.
“He told me at a meeting at the Panafric Hotel during the election campaign period that he would never support my plans since I did not kneel down before him and seek his permission as kingmaker of Ukambani before declaring my candidature,” Mutua said. He said he has always invited Muthama for consultative meetings but the senator refuses to attend them.