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Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama/FILE
BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,8TH MAY 2017-Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama has announched that he will not be defending his senator seat in the August 8th polls. Addressing a press conference at his home on Monday, May 8, Muthama , cited “micro-management” within the party as the major contributor to his unexpected decision. Muthama’s decision comes just a day after his deputy governor Bernard Kiala was embarrassed hugely when he lost in the Wiper gubernatorial nominations former Kathiani member of parliament Wavinya Ndeti.
In the repeat nominations conducted on Saturday, May 6, Ndeti garnered 227,947 votes against Kiala’s 4,508, a move which was sharply criticized by Muthama . “It is unfortunate the manner in which wiper is been micro-managed to the disadvantage of some party members. My decision has been influenced by the way wiper affairs are been conducted.” he said.
Muthama also clarified that he was still a Wiper Party Member, although he would support the party’s cause without contesting an elective post. “I am ready to sacrifice my bid and continue to serve people outside elective positions.” He said.. He also announced that he was ready to fully support the NASA Presidetial candidate unconditionally.