Mu­tua in Ki­tui, seeks sup­port for Maen­deleo Chap Chap

Self­ish and un­fo­cussed lead­er­ship has led to slow de­vel­op­ment in Ukam­bani, but I will lead it to pros­per­ity us­ing prac­tices that have worked in Machakos county, he says

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De­spite fac­ing im­peach­ment, Machakos Gov­er­nor Al­fred Mu­tua spent the whole of last week in Ki­tui county to pop­u­larise his Maen­deleo Chap Chap Move­ment and Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re­elec­tion bid.

He held sev­eral meet­ings in Ikutha, Zombe, Mi­ambani and Ki­tui town.

KAMBA TO SUP­PORT UHURU

The gov­er­nor promised to de­liver the Kamba vote to Uhuru, to spur de­vel­op­ment in Ukam­bani.

Mu­tua said the re­gion has been marginalised for decades.

Self­ish and un­fo­cused lead­er­ship is to blame for the slow de­vel­op­ment in Ukam­bani, he added.

“My party will sup­port Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto in 2017, but will field can­di­dates in other po­si­tions,” Mu­tua said.

He said Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has done lit­tle to up­lift the liv­ing stan­dards of the Kamba, de­spite be­ing in past ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Mu­tua said he will use Machakos county’s en­vi­able de­vel­op­ment prac­tices to ac­cel­er­ate de­vel­op­ment in Ki­tui and Makueni coun­ties, even with strong re­sis­tance from some lead­ers in the two coun­ties.

“Time for politics that add no value to the lives of our peo­ple is long gone. I am will­ing and ready to lead the re­gion to pros­per­ity,” he said.

NOT A KINGPIN

The gov­er­nor said he is not in­ter­ested in be­com­ing the Ukam­bani po­lit­i­cal king, but he is driven by a de­sire to en­sure res­i­dents have bet­ter lives.

He said he wants to en­sure women no longer trek many kilo­me­tres to get clean wa­ter.

“It is a pity that our fore­fa­thers were born in dust with­out wa­ter and even now our chil­dren are born in dust with­out wa­ter,” Mu­tua said.

“And when de­vel­op­ment-con­scious lead­ers come up with mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures, they are branded be­tray­ers.”

He said he will con­tinue to work with the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion so res­i­dents ben­e­fit from na­tional gov­ern­ment re­sources.

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