By BONIFACE MULU
On Friday, April 30, 2021– The Kitui County Atumia ma Thome (Kamba Elders Council) declared their stand on all the Kitui County gubernatorial seat candidates during Kenya’s 2022 general elections.
Led by their chairman Boniface Kameta Manzi, they announced that they are still vetting the very candidates to get the suitable candidate for the seat. “We the elders want to vet them early for the good of the county’s people,” they announced.
They had met at a Kitui Town hotel on Thursday, April 29, 2021. We will be after the performing leaders for the benefits of our people, the elders announced.
According to them, a total of eight candidates have so far declared their interest in the Kitui County governor seat.
The eight are the incumbent governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu, former Kitui County Governor, Dr Julius Makau Malombe, former Nairobi County Deputy Governor, Dr Jonathan Mueke, former Kitui County Senator David Muli Musila, former Kitui County Deputy Governor Peninnah Malonza, Kitui Central Constituency Member of Parliament, Dr Benson Makali Mulu, former Kitui East Constituency MP Julius Kiema Kilonzo and former Kenya’s Chief Justice Maluku Kitili Mwendwa’s son Maluku Kitili.
The elders announced that their next meeting will be in June this year where the agenda will be to discuss the regional (Kitui, Machakos and Makueni Counties) politics, peace during the electioneering period and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) politics in the region.
And they at the same time congratulated Kenya’s newly elected Chief Justice Martha Koome.
They wished her success in her duties of serving Kenyans as their Chief Justice. Koome, 61 years old, has emerged the overall winner among a total of ten candidates for the country’s top judge seat where she succeeds the retired Chief Justice David Maraga.
Koome was nominated by Kenya’s Judicial Services Commission (JSC) on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, where she becomes Kenya’s 15th Chief Justice.