Kivutha Kibwana reveals why Azimio failed to get maximum votes in Ukambani
By Joshua Cheloti
Former Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has now come out to reveal details of internal wrangles within the Azimio coalition that might have cost them the presidency.
Kibwana, who has since shifted allegiance to the Kenya Kwanza coalition has hinted that sibling rivalry within political parties in Ukambai might have worked against former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
In a tweet on December 5, 2022, the former county boss accused the Wiper party of Azimio’s dismal performance in Ukambani.
The region had been seen as a solid stronghold for the Azimio coalition but in the presidential results, Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto secured impressive numbers.
According to Kibwana, this was largely due to what he claims Wiper party never campaigned for Azimio.
Of the three Ukambani counties of Machakos, Makueni and Kitui, Ruto managed to cumulatively garner over 200,000 votes.
He further claimed that despite the coalition mobilizing hundreds of educators for the region, most of them were demobilized by Wiper.
“While in AZIMIO, we trained 15,000 civic educators/votes mobilizers/agents in Lower Eastern Kenya. Because I was in MuunganoParty, Wiper which had a seat at Azimio Hqtrs, demobilized these agents. For most of the time Wiper never campaigned for Azimio,” Kibwana tweeted.
The former Governor is the Muungano Party leader, which was a member of the Azimio coalition.
He was responding to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s threat to reveal details of how his votes were stolen in the August 9 poll.
Raila has promised to make the revelations in the upcoming ‘public consultations’ scheduled for Kamukunji Grounds on December 7, 2022.
“We have done an audit and have established how our votes were stolen and the number of the stolen votes. We shall reveal it all on Wednesday,” the ODM leader said on Sunday as he campaigned for Jubilee Party’s Utawala ward rep candidate Patrick Karani at Fagilia grounds in Embakasi East.
In the final results announced by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, Ruto was declared the winner of the presidential election with 7,176,141 votes ahead of Raila’s 6,942,930 votes.