Muthama, Mutua tone down on political rivalry, hint at working together

Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka with Johnstone Muthama and Dr Alfred Mutua, Machakos Governor []

Former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama has hinted at a possible “reunion” with his once political rival, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.

Muthama during the weekend said that he will have no problem with the Governor provided the small scale traders in the county are not oppressed by paying huge levies.

“I want to send this message to Mutua…someone should tell him I will have no problem with him as long as mama mbogas pay Sh200 as tax per year and boda boda men pay Sh500.

Otherwise let him know that only Jesus himself will end our wars,” said the former Senator in Kangundo as quoted by the Star.

Mutua in his response yesterday to Muthama’s statement said that all he cares about is that they both work together for the good of Machakos constituents.

“My agenda has always been to improve the lives of the poor and I am very happy to hear that our former Senator is also concerned about the people. I am ready to invite him for a cup of tea so we can talk about how to together work for the people,” Mutua stated.

He added that already, he has waived taxes on small scale traders and that he is ready to share ideas on how to grow the county.

“I cannot claim to have the monopoly on ideas so I welcome anyone with an idea of how we can move this county forward to come and discuss it with me.”

In the run up to August 8 polls, the two Ukambani leaders had a bitter fallout that Muthama opted not to vie for a second term in office.

He said his work as a Senator has been difficult working with Mutua and that he could not work with him for a second term.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalist and an author for Jamhuri News.