The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party chairman Johnson Muthama has come out saying he cannot campaign with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua despite the Maendeleo Chap Chap chief’s joining DP William Ruto’s Kenya Kwaza Alliance.
While explaining his absence from a Kenya Kwanza Alliance rally held in Tala, Machakos County on Tuesday, Muthama revealed that he and Mutua do not see eye-to-eye politically, which is what informed his decision to snub the event.
“Niliamua kutohudhuria mkutano ya jana kwa sababu ya mambo fulani. Kwanza mimi na Mutua tuna shida na si shida ya kibinafsi, ni shida ya uongozi,” Mutua said in a KTN News interview on Wednesday night.
Muthama castigates Governor Mutua for allegedly making empty promises to the people of Machakos County and taking credit for projects he has yet to undertake and implement.
Muthama says Mutua pledged that he would better the fortunes of Machakos residents when he entered office but has allegedly failed to keep any of his promises.
“Mutua alizunguka akisema amewekea watu wa Machakos maji na hakuna ata maji ameweka na hizo pesa alitenga kufanya huo mradi haijulikani ilipo. Alisema atajenga water dams lakini hakuna dam ametengeneza,” he said.
“Alitangaza kwamba amenunua matingatinga za kusaidia wakulima lakini hakuna mtu amelimiwa. Nyumba ya polisi hazijejengwa, cameras za kusaidia na usalama pia hajeweka.”
Despite the stark political differences between himself and Mutua, Muthama underscored that he was not against the Machakos Governor joining the Kenya Kwanza alliance and drumming up support for DP Ruto ahead of the August polls.
“Mimi napokea kuja kwa Mutua kama mwanakenya aliyeamua kujiunga na UDA. Mimi ni kushirikiana na UDA chini ya Kenya Kwanza kama vile chama vingine na sioni matatatizo makubwa au shida juu ya hiyo,” he said.
“Shida si Mutua kuja Kenya Kwanza, ako na ruhusa ya kumfanyia naibu wa rais siasa yake na kumpigia kura lakini mimi mwenyewe kama Muthama nitasema haujafika wakati wa kunywa chai na Mutua, wala wa kufanya campaign na yeye.”
The Machakos Governor aspirant however hinted that he was ready to make peace and share the same podium with Mutua if the incumbent governor owns up to his alleged infractions.
“Ikiwa tutakaa na yeye na kuzungumza na akubali kwenda mbele ya watu wa Machakos na kusema haya ni ya kweli na naomba msamaha, hapo nitatembea na Mutua,” he said.