Kalonzo Accused of Breaking Homes After Picking Muthama’s Wife as Wiper’s Candidate


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Women’s empowerment or politics of revenge?

That is the question Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka is battling hours after the party unveiled Agnes Kavindu Muthama as the candidate who will fly the party’s flag in the upcoming Machakos senatorial by-election.

The seat had been held by her estranged husband Johnstone Muthama until 2017 when the now demised Boniface Kabaka took over.  Agnes divorced the politician in 1983, and had been living on his property in Mua, Machakos County, at his will but not as a wife- until he finally threw her out.

According to documents filed in court, Muthama married Kavindu under Kamba customary law in 1975 and the couple had three children. The marriage was dissolved by the court in 1983.

Muthama then had a brief affair with her in 1996 which produced another child, a relationship she termed as a remarriage.

Kavindu’s dowry was said to have been returned when their marriage hit the rocks and in 2014, Muthama decided to settle his three families on the Mua property and asked Kavindu to vacate.

Muthama had in several political rallies dismissed claims that she campaigned for him. He said she attended some of the meetings “but only as a pastor, not as a wife”.

Making the announcement Wednesday, party leader Kalonzo Musyoka awarded Kavindu the certificate of nomination adding that he had confidence in the lady who was part of the BBI task-force.

“We have confidence that Agnes is going to be the next senator for Machakos County.”

Kalonzo refuted claims of being a homewrecker.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this movement does not believe in wrecking families, we must make this very clear. We are not taking that name because of that any other name. What has guided the party is her own qualification as a leader who demonstrated high leadership capability,” Kalonzo said at Wiper headquarters in Karen.

“She just happened to share the name with other people.”

Muthama fell out with Kalonzo last year and joined Deputy President William Ruto’s camp and he is now the chairman of UDA, a newly established political outfit believed will be DP’s vehicle to run for President in 2022.

Kavindu is not a political neophyte either. In 2017, she unsuccessfully contested for Machakos Woman Representative on a Jubilee ticket.

The by-election is set for March 18

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