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Majority chief whip relinquishes seat citing power wrangles

Machakos County Assembly Majority chief whip Tareq Muema Mulatya has officially resigned from his position in a dramatic move that exposed silent power wrangles within the Wiper Party.

The Masinga Central ward representative made the announcement Wednesday, saying he will now concentrate more in serving the people who elected him into office.

In his letter, whose copy was seen by KNA, Mulataya cited vicious infighting within the Wiper Party leadership as among some of the things that forced him to take the unprecedented decision.

He further blamed unnamed ‘forces’ within the party for working behind the scenes to frustrate him, thereby turning his work into a nightmare.

The MCA therefore said he was not in a position to serve in the coveted seat, while other people within the party were silently plotting for his downfall.

“I hereby write to communicate to you that I have resigned from the position of the Majority Party Whip with immediate effect. This is to ensure peace, unity and strength in our party. Further and most importantly this will enable me to concentrate in serving the people of Masinga Central who elected me and also ensure they get they get development from the County,” read part of the brief letter dated June 8, 2020 and copied to the Clerk of the County assembly Francis Mbiuki and the Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

However, while addressing the press Wednesday, Mulatya took the opportunity to downplay his move by emphasizing that his decision to step down from the powerful party position was done out of good heart and to ensure there was tranquility and openness in the leadership of the party within and outside the precincts of the house.

“There has been a lot of misleading information and incessant fights over leadership positions which I felt would spell doom for the good of this house and the Wiper Party. That is the reason I have decided to relinquish my position to bring to an end this incessant wrangling over power and concentrate in serving the people who elected me to office. I thank honourable Members for the opportunity they accorded me to serve them but Masinga people come first,” he added.

By Samuel Maina

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