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Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 16:38 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
The entry into the Matungulu parliamentary seat race by veteran politician and renowned philanthropist, Dr Charles Kyalo Kilonzo, has complicated the constituency’s political arithmetic. Dr Kilonzo, a political giant who featured prominently in the politics of larger Kangundo constituency in 1997 and 2002 general elections before Matungulu was curved out of Kangundo, has planned a political comeback.
His announcement that he would be seeking to unseat the incumbent Stephen Mule in the next election has not only rattled the youthful MP, but also caused jitters among other aspirants who are eying the seat. The politician, who runs the prestigious Kangundo Junior Academy and Kangundo Girls High School in Tala, has promised his opponents a run for their money in what observers believe will be the mother of all political battles.
In his season’s greetings to Matungulu voters seen by Kenya Free Press, the MP declared he will be offering his candidature for the parliamentary seat when elections are called next year. “I will offer myself to be your next MP when the current term expires, and through your support, I will work with all residents to improve good governance, accountability, job creation as well as improve education standards for our young people,” said Dr Kilonzo.
However, Kilonzo, who is a staunch Christian, has called on his opponents to engage in peaceful campaigns devoid of political insults and enmity. “I want to wish all aspirants good luck, and remind them only one person must win. We are not enemies and all we want is better services to our people,” he says.
Over the festive season, Dr Kilonzo reached out to dozens of residents of Matungulu where he donated assorted food stuffs as Christmas gifts. He told the Kenya Free Press that he was ready to offer an alternative leadership to the people of Matungulu by reversing the poor approach to governance and representation in the National Assembly. “I want to offer the kind of leadership which every resident of Matungulu will be proud of by ensuring their interests are fully articulated at the national level,” said Dr Kilonzo.
Other aspirants eyeing the seat include Kangundo Knut branch executive secretary Daniel Nginga, businessman Paul Muya alias Mkulima, a personal assistant to Senator Johnstone Muthama, Japheth Makau as well as businessman Thomas Malinda Musau.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.