Drama ensued at a burial ceremony in Machakos County after former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama nearly engaged Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka in a fist-fight.
Mourners at the burial of African Inland Church (AIC) Bishop Bernard Nguyu in Mitaboni village were treated to a show of political supremacy between the political allies-cum-adversaries.
It all started when Kalonzo Musyoka took to the podium to address the mourners. In a bid to exert his perceived political supremacy in the upcoming Machakos Senatorial by-election, Kalonzo uttered remarks that angered Muthama.
Kalonzo was rallying support for the Wiper candidate in the by-election, who happens to Muthama’s estranged wife-Agnes Kavindu.
“I am telling you that next year, you will see Muthama running to perch on my chest, because he knows where we are and where we are going. Even if he gets irritated, I’ll hand over his wife (Kavindu) back to him,” said Kalonzo.
These words which were spoken in a local dialect clearly angered Muthama who swiftly rose from his seat, making his way to the podium to engage Kalonzo.
It took the effort of MPs who were sitting next to him, who grabbed Muthama’s hand and calmed him down.
Several leaders from the Ukambani region including Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, his Machakos counterpart Alfred Muitua, and MPs Patrick Makau (Mavoko), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), and Robert Mbui (Kathiani) were in attendance.
Kalonzo had arrived at the burial together with Kavindu towards the end of the ceremony while Muthama was making his speech. Muthama had criticized the government for allocating KSh2 million car grant to MCAs.
Kalonzo, Mutua, Muthama, and Kibwana had not shared a same platform for long since Muthama and Kibwana ditched Wiper party for other political formations.