Former Machakos Deputy Governor Francis Maliti was among the Gubernatorial candidates in the August 2022 elections.
Maliti had worked with the people and gained favor with them thus his gubernatorial bid gained momentum as his tenure ended.
However, just a few days before the elections, Maliti decided to step down and support Wavinya Ndeti.
His first blow was when his party leader and then boss Dr. Alfred Mutua jumped onto Kenya Kwanza ship from Azimio destabilizing Maliti and other Chap Chap candidates who had to redo their campaign branding and restructure their messaging just weeks before elections.
A few weeks earlier, his running mate Rose Wambua from Kangundo had been poached by his competitor Waita Nzioka.
This move left him crippled and had no other option but to call it a day.
For the remaining days, he went around with Wavinya declaring support for her until she clinched the seat on August 9th.
However, that was the last time he was seen in public. His last media appearance was in September during an interview at Mutongoi TV.
Since then, Maliti an Engineer by profession went underground. He told Mauvoo News that he was focusing on his businesses but failed to divulge more information.
Sources privy to Maliti say the politician has decided to keep a low profile for the time being.
“For the time being, he is not doing anything major just waiting to see if his MOU with Governor Wavinya Ndeti will be honored,” Our source close to Maliti told us on condition of anonymity.
Governor Wavinya has since appointed CECMs and COs but Maliti was not among them. The deal that saw Maliti step down and endorse Wavinya is yet to be made public.
Will he make a political comeback in 2027 or sooner? That’s a question only he can answer.