Ri­vals should not ha­rass sit­ting lead­ers, Mu­tua says in Embu

Vis­it­ing the county to pop­u­larise his Maen­deleo Chap Chap Move­ment, the Machakos gov­er­nor said un­due pres­sure, es­pe­cially on gover­nors by MCAs, hurts devel­op­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - REUBEN GITHINJI @TheS­tarKenya

Machakos Gov­er­nor Al­fred Mu­tua has urged ri­vals not to ha­rass sit­ting lead­ers.

He said it is un­for­tu­nate that MCAs al­ways re­sort to pass­ing im­peach­ment mo­tions against gover­nors in case of mis­un­der­stand­ings.

Mu­tua also crit­i­cised op­po­si­tion chief Raila Odinga, whom he said dis­repected Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta dur­ing for­mer Cab­i­net min­is­ter Wil­liam ole Nti­mama’s funeral in Narok last Wed­nes­day.

Mu­tua vis­ited Embu county to pop­u­larise his Maen­deleo Chap Chap Move­ment on Satur­day.

He said ri­vals who ha­rass sit­ting lead­ers dis­rupt their work.

Mu­tua hailed the Pres­i­dent for de­fend­ing the gov­ern­ment’s devel­op­ment record and its poli­cies at Nti­mama’s burial.

He hit out at lead­ers who al­ways con­front their ri­vals and aban­don their roles in push­ing for devel­op­ment. Mu­tua spoke a few days af­ter the Se­nate cleared Ny­eri Gov­er­nor Nder­itu Gach­agua of any wrong­do­ing af­ter MCAs passed a mo­tion to re­move him over al­leged poor gov­er­nance.

He urged MCAs and other lead­ers to give gover­nors a chance and work for the peo­ple who elected them. The Machakos gov­er­nor said when gover­nors are mis­treated, it is the res­i­dents who suf­fer. They should be given a chance to im­ple­ment their pre-elec­tion pledges with­out per­se­cu­tion, Mu­tua said.

He said Kenya’s peace is desta­bilised by lack of tan­gi­ble devel­op­ment and poor lead­ers, which he said the Maen­deleo Chap Chap Move­ment will ad­dress.

Mu­tua said in de­vel­oped coun­tries there is peace be­cause cit­i­zens are sat­is­fied with devel­op­ment.

He said that, how­ever, in Kenya and most African coun­tries, lead­ers ex­er­cise di­vi­sive, cor­rupt and con­fronta­tional pol­i­tics, which stag­nate devel­op­ment.

Mu­tua urged res­i­dents to sup­port his MCCM to ad­vo­cate fast devel­op­ment in all parts of the coun­try.

He said he has ini­ti­ated many devel­op­ment projects in Machakos, which have trans­formed it.

Mu­tua min­gled with peo­ple in the streets and took tea at a lo­cal restau­rant in Embu mar­ket.

He also bought a young boy open san­dals be­cause the pair he had on was worn out.

The gov­er­nor called for rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the youth in the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion and other se­nior gov­ern­ment ap­point­ments.

REUBEN GITHINJI

Machakos Gov­er­nor Al­fred Mu­tua greets res­i­dents in Embu on Fri­day/

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