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How Kibaki created political giant in Governor Mutua

Jeff Murunga
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Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua at a past event. [Photo/Standard]

The fact that Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua is a new political force in the country is not in doubt. 

Mutua has now set his eyes on the presidency in 2022 general elections. 

He will be fifth Kenyan president if he plays his cards well, his journey to political stardom has been a long one though. 

After the NARC coalition swept KANU out of power during the  2002 elections, little-known Alfred Mutua found his way to President Mwai Kibaki's government. 

The office of the Government Spokesman which he was to occupy had to play a key role in communicating the agenda of the new administration.

For the next nine years, Mutua, USA-trained journalist, became a key cog in Kibaki's government.

He defended the State against any attacks from its critics, his good communication skills made him the right man for the job.

Even as he performed his job, Mutua was making a name for himself which he would later use to springboard his own political ambitions. 

Then came the 2013 elections. 

Prior to that particular contest, Mutua resigned from his government position and decided to try his luck in politics.

His was a big shot, the newly created gubernatorial position. 

However, his choice of Wiper Party as his political vehicle made his dreams reality.

With the then Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka's blessings, he swept to a clean victory after defeating Wavinya Ndeti, a seasoned politician.

The Biblical David had killed Goliath. 

After a fallout with Kalonzo, his mentor, he charted his own political path as he formed his own party which he used to beat Wavinya Ndeti again who was contesting on a Wiper ticket.

Though his fate now lies on the hands of Supreme Court judges after last week's nullification of his win, Mutua is now a 'big boy' in the country's political arena with Kibaki's role in his political life not going unnoticed.


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