Mwawesa ward Member of County Assembly Caroline Kalume has ditched the Amason Kingi-led Pamoja African Alliance party to Jubilee Party.
Kalume is seeking to unseat William Kamoti as the Rabai MP.
She was elected as MCA on an ODM ticket but jumped ship to PAA where she announced her intention to vie for the Rabai Parliamentary seat.
The vocal woman leader is among the first leaders to support the homegrown party.
She has been enjoying massive support in the party but things changed when former Rabai Kisurutini MCA Kenga Mupe joined the party and declared she would vie for the Rabai parliamentary seat.
Mupe’s entrance to the PAA party caused jitters in Kalume’s camps.
Three weeks ago when Governor Amason Kingi toured Rabai to inspect development projects, both Kalume and Mupe organized public meetings in Mwawesa ward with each leader pushing the governor to address their meeting.
Kingi addressed both meetings which were hardly a kilometre apart.
When Kingi visited Kambe/Ribe ward, supporters of the two leaders clashed several times forcing the governor to intervene.
Kingi asked Rabai elders to bring the two to a table and see if they could reach a consensus.
“If they will not agree on one stepping down for the other then we will subject them to nominations,” said Kingi
Kalume’s support in PAA has been shrinking ever since Mupe joined the party.
An insider intimated that the party has been favouring Mupe whom they perceive as a strong candidate to beat Kamoti.
“You know the party is disregarding her because she is a woman. She has all along been a favourite but things have changed. Mupe is regarded more than Kalume,” said the source.
Through a Facebook post, Kalume indicated that space for women leaders in her former party was not guaranteed.
“A party with high regards to Women Leadership and Guardian Angel to the prospects of women leaders, a key Convener to the Azimio la Umoja coalition under the leadership of H.E Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and the Rtn. Hon Raila Amolo Odinga the 5th president of the Republic of Kenya. Special thanks to the Secretary-General of Jubilee Party Hon Jeremiah Kioni for your astute stewardship to the Party and your exceptional reception. Taking charge of our Destiny,” wrote Kalume