Charity Ngilu was once a rising political star which has since faded away from the political scene and now some political reincarnation of her former self is masquerading as a cabinet minister as a reward for dissing Raila.
While Ukambani politics is in good hands of Cord led by former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka who’s also national Cord deputy leader alongside Wetangula, it’s refreshing to see a young, intelligent and soon to be savvy politician Kethi Kilonzo not only rise up to take the mantle of leadership from her late father, but to also to be a permanent reminder of how analog Ngilu now is.
I wish her well, meaning Kethi as she embarks on this journey that has nothing but promise ahead for her, Ukambani politics, womanhood and our beloved country.
Activities in Wote town came to a near standstill as the CORD entourage snaked through the streets shortly after 4pm.
Top leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula led a host of leaders in endorsing Kethi to carry the partyâs flag in the July 22 by-election.
Senators Johnstone Muthama, David Musila, James Orengo and a host of several Wiper party legislators and women representatives accompanied the CORD luminaries.
They asked the people of Makueni to come out in large numbers and write history by electing Kethi as the first elected woman Senator.
Kethi was wildly cheered when she was escorted to the podium to declare her candidature at a huge rally held at Unoa Primary School grounds in Wote town.
âI have now come to you. I decided not to announce my candidature in Nairobi and decided to come and do it at home. Will you vote for me,â asked Kethi as the crowd roared back with a resounding yes.
Saying: âAkili ni maliâ(brain is wealth), Kethi said she has the necessary brains to represent the residents in the Senate just like her father wished to do. âWhen you see me, you should see brains, and if you vote for me, you get wealth,â she added.
Kethi said she is ready to work with all elected leaders in the county, including Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana who was her lecturer at the University of Nairobi.
Raila said they had come to Makueni to present Kethi to the electorate to contest the seat left vacant after her fatherâs death.
âWe have come to bring Kethi to you. Will you vote for her,â posed Raila to which the crowd responded in the affirmative.
Raila said Kethi was suitable for the seat, adding she demonstrated her abilities during the Supreme Court case.
âKethi made a name at the Supreme Court where she battled it out with renown lawyers,â added Raila.
He dismissed those saying he and Kalonzo should retire from active politics, saying they will continue fighting for the voiceless.
Kalonzo said the people of Makueni have made their choice to have Kethi as their senator and those hoping to contest it should just step aside because they have no chance.