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Why Governors Ngilu, Kibwana likely to dump Kalonzo ahead of 2022 polls

Benard Ramoka
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Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at a past event. [Source/Charity Ngilu/twitter]

The 2022 succession debate continues to rage on as politicians lobby to contest for top positions in the much anticipated general election.

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is among the top politicians who have declared their interests in the 2022 presidential polls.

The Ukambani political kingpin has been quoted saying he is experienced enough to take over the Presidency from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kalonzo is banking on the opposition leader Raila Odinga’s support in regards to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the two signed in 2017.

As the Wiper leader strategizes for 2022, there is a growing concern among his supporters and allies that some of his trusted allies are no longer with him.

In recent days, Kalonzo’s political relationships with Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and her Makueni counterpart Kivutha Kibwana have been described as shaky.

There are claims that Kibwana and Ngilu could back-track on supporting Kalonzo’s 2022 bid.

Several Wiper politicians among them Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua has openly accused Ngilu and Kibwana of frustrating Kalonzo’s 2022 bid.

On Wednesday, Ngilu and Kibwana joined their Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua at the launch of Kivandini-Masinga road's construction.

During a joint rally at Masinga market, the three governors vowed to unite and chart a new political direction for the Ukambani region.

According to Kiambu based political analyst Peter Ngure, Kalonzo is likely to lose Ngilu and Kibwana’s support ahead of 2022.

“It is clear that governors Ngilu and Kibwana are leaning towards their Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua," Ngure said.

He said Ngilu and Kibwana could end up backing Mutua’s presidential bid in 2022.

The analyst said Kalonzo has to quickly re-evaluate his political strategy and ensure that he has the Ukambani region's support to increase chances of clinching the presidency in 2022.

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