Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana revealed that he was surprised by his deputy Adelina Mwau move to join Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA Party.
Kibwana, while terming Mwau’s sudden move as “close to bereavement” for him, said he hosted the deputy governor at his home on Monday night but she did not tell him anything regarding her impending desertion of the Azimio La Umoja camp.
“The night before she went to the Deputy President, she came to my house to visit my mother who has been unwell. At that point, she did not tell me, and the following day she held her own ‘earthquake’,” said Prof. Kibwana in an interview with Citizen TV’s Day Break show on Thursday.
According to the Governor, he only learned of a planned meeting between Ms. Mwau and DP Ruto late into the night from common political friends whom the deputy governor was reportedly recruiting to accompany her.
After DP Ruto formally announced Mwau’s defection to UDA on Tuesday morning, Kibwana quickly followed up with a statement dismissing the move as “clandestine dealings”, adding that the decision would jeopardize their working relationship.
The governor says the statement was meant to counter any potential accusations linking him to disloyalty to Azimio because of Monday’s interaction with Mwau.