President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning met MPs affiliated to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at State House, Nairobi. The move is seen as way to sweet-talk the leaders to support the Jubilee coalition before the 2017 general elections
As a result, tension is building up in the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) as President Uhuru stated he was meeting the leaders from Kitui county ahead of his scheduled visit to the county where he will initiate development projects.
“I have this morning held a meeting with Members of Parliament from Kitui County, led by Senator David Musila. We discussed the need to tarmac the Kibwezi-Kitui-Mwingi road and my visit of Kitui County in the near future,” Uhuru said.
Among the leaders at State House are Kitui Senator David Musila, MPs Francis Nyenze and Joe Mutambu.
The visit by the leaders serves to escalate the tension that is already building up in CORD. In recent weeks, there has been tension over a possible split of the coalition after its principals failed to agree on who will be the fag-bearer come 2017 polls.
Machakos senator and Cord alliance chief whip in the senate, Johnstone Muthama denied the meeting was political.
“Those MPs met the president to discuss how to tarmac the Kibwezi-Kitui-Mwingi road after we threatened to hold a major protest, nothing political,” Muthama told the Star
All MPs from Kitui except one who is away to South Africa attended the meeting. They requested the President to visit the region as soon as possible.
Also in attendance was Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia