Maendeleo Chap Chap Machakos Senatorial candidate in March 2021 by-election Mutua Katuku has revealed that he was forced to step out of the race just 2 days to the By-election. In what came as a shocker to many, Governor Mutua explaining the last-minute withdrawal said it was in respect of the president’s call to peaceful, amicable, and uniting by-elections.
Speaking at a funeral of James Mwendwa in Kibauni, Mwala Saturday (15th May) Katuku also ruled out joining the Wiper party. He further revealed that he held a meeting with the President, Governor Mutua, and Deputy Governor Eng. Francis Maliti and Kalonzo Musyoka was not part of the deal as people have suggested.
“Where it was decided I pull out from the race Kalonzo Musyoka was not there. I was with president Uhuru Kenyatta. I knew you people planned to vote for me and you can take that to the bank. We asked for the seat respectfully with policies and issues and thanks for supporting with me.” Katuku said.
“I didn’t step out of the Senatorial race I was forced. I didn’t get any money. God’s time is the best. It is better that I left the race otherwise you would have come to my funeral before coming to Mbisi’s funeral. There was nothing else that could be done” He added.
Katuku further asked aspirants who are coming to ask for different seats in 2022 to proceed cautiously as the people of Kibauni (his home place) are bright enough and can see far.
The ex-minister revealed that he will be contesting for a bigger post than the MP in 2022 saying that he was eyeing the county and National Government where a lot of resources are.
Other leaders who attended the burial included the area MCA Anastaciah Mutuku, Urbanus Muthama Ngengele, Machakos contractors Chair Kilei Mutinda who is eyeing the Mwala MP Seat in 2022, and Mwala MP Eng. Vincent Musyoka among other leaders.