Muoki has fight
in his hands
|Mr Musau at launch of his bid|
Muoki’s opponents have zoned the constituency to lock him out, especially in areas where he has had hostile reception in the recent past. He dismisses his opponents and promises to fight to retain the seat under the Wiper Party.
There are five zones in Mwala constituency that are always crucial at every election are Wamunyu, Yathui, Vyulya, Masii and Mbiuni. A spot check by shows that new aspirants are also taking advantage of the constituency’s complex voting pattern in which nothing can be taken for granted.
Mwala constituency is an electoral constituency and one of the six constituency in Machakos County established for the 1988 elections.
Gideon Nzioki Wambua (KANU) was elected as the first legislator followed by Peter M. Kavisi of who was elected on a KANU in 1992.In 1997 John Mutua Katuku was elected on SDP ticket and in 2002.
Those who have publicly declared their interest include Dr Faith Ndunge Muli, lawyer Benjamin Musau,youthful Eng. Vincent Musyoka Musau and Mr Mutua Kilungu, Daniel Muange, Albanus Muthama and Charles Kioko from Kibauni.
Speaking at Masii market during a launch od his campaign, Benjamin Musau said his goal is to turn Mwala into a prosperous community rich in opportunities and better quality of life for its citizens. “I pledge to work hard to attract investment and build factories providing quality employment for our youth and the people of Mwala” he told the gathering.
Engineer Musyoka is likely to complicate matters for the incumbent as he has recently come in forcefully and appears to still enjoy some fanatical support at his strongholds.
Musyoka accuses the MP of managing the CDF cash poorly, saying he should be kicked out and accusing him of having failed to deliver.
In 2002 elections, former water minister Mutua Katuku vied on the NARC and beat Mr Muoki who, incidentally had played a leading role in the MP’s 1997 election campaigns.
Mr Muoki was poised to bag the Narc ticket, but it was Mr Katuku, then a close ally of Mrs Charity Ngilu, who benefited from direct nomination.
But the historical entrant Dr Faith Muli has send shivers down the spines of the male hopfuls.
Dr Muli is a founder chairperson of the Ukamba Professional Society for Socio-Economic Development for all universities in Kenya, and is eying the Liberal Party of Kenya ticket.
According to Mwala residents,they voted for a change in the flawed 2008 General elections only to feel later that may have taken the wrong person for the job. That the incumbent MP is a non performer remains very debatable and those who take positions over the matter have valid points to drive home. But there is no denying that he shivers eact time he neteres Parliament that making a speech in the house has become a nightmare.
On this note, the people of Mwala can justifiably say that they lack a voice in parliament. Do they want their voice heard in the next parliament? Well, there lies the question whose answer may not favour the incumbent. “Actually, he went to the parliament to sit, listen and watch” sums up a voter in Masii.
In 2007,a man from humble background Mr Kilungu resigned from the Kenya Bureau of Standards terming the performance of the incumbent Mr Katuku wanting, especially in matters affecting the youth.
Kilungu, having grown up and educated by a sponsor from Scotland had vowed to Sponsor orphans in the grassroots schools. Although his efforts rendered futile even after he won the nomination, thanks to gangsters running the ODM-K nomination.