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UDA chairperson Johnson Muthama to vie for Machakos county top seat

by Enock Ndayala

UDA chairperson Johnson Muthama has declared he will be targeting the Machakos county gubernatorial seat in the 2022 General Election.

With the 2022 General Election just around the corner, current Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, who is also the Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader will not be defending his seat as he has served two terms allowed in the constitution.

The former government spokesperson will have to stay in the political cold for the next five years before seeking the same seat or opt to vie for the senate, MCA, MP, or presidential seat in the 2022 General Election.

Mutua has on several occasions expressed his ambitions to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta who is expected to retire in August 2022 even as analysts predict that the 2022 presidential race will be a two-horse race pitying ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto.

UDA chairperson Johnson Mutham to vie for Machakos county top seat
UDA chairperson Johnson Muthama has announced that he will vie for the Machakos county governor in the 2022 General Election.

Muthama in a series of tweets on Tuesday, October 26, said the move to vie for the top county seat was informed by pressure from his supporters.

“Of late I have received more delegates from Machakos County urging me to run for the gubernatorial seat in 2022. They added that since I temporarily vacated my elective post, they have suffered since no one fights for them as I do,

“This is a true indication that there’s a leadership vacuum that I must fill to rescue Machakos electorate from Public Relations and political theatrics at the expense of development. I am very ready to go by the people’s wishes,” Muthama said while indirectly attacking Alfred Mutua.

The UDA chairperson is expected to battle it out with Mutua’s deputy Francis Maliti, former Machakos Town MP Victor Munyaka, Transport Chief Administrative Secretary Wavinya Ndeti, Machakos County Assembly Speaker Florence Mwangangi, Mavoko MP Patrick Makau, and lawyer Joel Mbaluka.

Wavinya Ndeti unsuccessfully ran for the seat in the 2013 and 2017 General Election on a Wiper ticket.

She is said to have retained her ground troops even after losing the petition to overturn Mutua’s win in the 2017 election in a court battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

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