Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua is set to run for an elective seat on August 9, general polls.
According to reports, the Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader will is seeking the Mwala parliamentary seat in the next polls. This is after his second term as a governor comes to an end in August.
According to Daily Nation, the news was confirmed by an electoral commission filing. This means that Mutua will now face off with Dr Ruto’s UDA candidate and the incumbent Vincent Musyoka alias Kawaya for the seat.
Kawaya has been one of Ruto's close allies from Ukambani and has been campaigning vigorously to defend his seat. Kawaya has been campaigning alongside UDA Party Chairman Johnson Muthama, another leader who has not been happy with Mutua's entry into Kenya Kwanza.
Other contestants who will face off for Mwala seat include; Ms Roda Nduku who is vying on a Kanu ticket and Barckleih Kilei who is vying on a Wiper party ticket.
This is seen as a good gamble for Mutua, who has already been promised a cabinet post in Ruto's government as well as the position of a Deputy Chief Minister. He joins Senator Moses Wetangula who has also announced he will be defending his Bungoma seat despite a promise by Kenya Kwanza to be made the speaker of the senate