Veteran Coast politician and former cabinet minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere is said to be considering dumping his party, Wiper Democratic Movement for ODM, after a series of meeting with ODM Party leader Raila Odinga.
According to sources, Mwakwere, who is the national chairman of the Wiper Democratic Movement is seeking Raila Odinga’s help as he makes another stab at the Governor’s position in Kwale, in 2022.
There are also reports Raila Odinga considers Mwakwere the most suitable replacement for Salim Mvurya whose term is ending in 2022, hence the frequent meetings between the two leaders.
“I’m the national chairman of Wiper and we look forward to the BBI referendum which my party supports. We have worked with ODM and the ruling Jubilee Party. Meeting other political leaders does not mean switching parties,” Mr. Mwakwere said on Sunday.
In 2017, Mwakwere was second after garnering 29,741 votes against the current Kwale Governor, Salim Mvurya who had 119,680 votes. Mr Issa Chipera of ODM was third with 28,727 votes.