Former UDA Chairman and PSC Commissioner Johnson Muthama will be missing out on Ruto’s Machakos visit scheduled for Sunday 16th April.
Taking to Facebook, Muthama announced that he was flying out for a 10-day trip.
“I have this evening left for a 10-day official trip abroad. Building global partnerships will help achieve Kenya’s development agenda.” Muthama announced.
This comes as Ukambani Kenya Kwanza leaders remain divided ahead of President Ruto’s visit. The leaders are divided into 2 factions, one faction allied to UDA and the other Maendeleo Chap Chap.
Each Faction has continued to hold separate preparation meetings claiming to have blessings of Statehouse. On Wednesday, the Mwala MP Eng. Vincent Musyoka led faction met Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to plan for the visit.
Rigathi taking to Facebook said, “I was happy to host a delegation of leaders from Lower Eastern to discuss development issues in the region ahead of H.E. President William Samoei Ruto’s visit to Machakos on Sunday. The delegation was led by UDA Organising Secretary Hon. Eng. Vincent Musyoka Musau a.k.a Kawaya.”
The Kawaya-led faction has most of the UDA leaders including CASs Victor Munyaka and James Mbaluka, PSs Jonathan Mueke and Terry Mbaika, Ex-Senator David Musila, Prof. Emmanuel Mutisya, Johnson Muthama, Joe Mutambu, Kisoi Munyao among other leaders.
The faction on Tuesday also met Muthama to plan for the visit.
The second faction comprises leaders mostly allied to Maendeleo Chap Chap led by Diaspora and Foreign Affairs CS Dr. Alfred Mutua, CS Penina Malonza, Security Advisor Monica Juma, MPs Mutuse, Joshua Mwalyo, Fabian Mule and Caleb Mule, Lawyers Nyamu Mati and Kioko Kilukumi, Ex Machakos Speaker Florence Mwangangi, and Former Deputy Governor Francis Maliti among other leaders.
They have also been reaching out to professionals from the region and have held 2 meetings with them.
On Wednesday 12th April, the Mutua-led faction held a ‘professionals strategy meeting’ to discuss the development of the Ukambani region.
“In a vibrant discussion after a presentation, we looked at the various tragedies to grow wealth, In particular, we discussed the various projects we should lobby for, how to attract investors, and how to secure employment for our youth both locally and overseas,” Mutua said after the meeting.
“We welcomed the forthcoming tour of the region by President William Ruto and believe that we will reap huge benefits as we focus on development and rolling back poverty. I’m quite excited by the progress made so far by our meetings. Mbele iko Sawa.” Mutua went on.