Opinion / Commentaries
Saturday, 31 Dec 2016 12:42 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
The ending year has been an eventful one in matters politics in both Matungulu and Kangundo Sub Counties. Political swords have been drawn as aspirants geared up to the forth coming general elections in 2017. It has been a year which has seen many social media groups formed as supporters of various aspirants drummed up support for their preferred candidates. Words have been exchanged and friendships formed in a bid to get as many supporters as possible.
It has also been a year of projects as each aspirant has been in a rush to form foundation for their campaign strategy. Manifestos have been drafted and search for political parties of choice intensified with some of the aspirants preferring to go mum on this. The latest IEBC scare saw every aspirant in both sub counties hurry to meet the requirements as none wanted to risk being locked out of the race.
Some already claim to have their party of choice endorsement while most have the fear of facing off at the party nominations hence preferring to go on an independent ticket which they claim is safer as the electorate will decide. In Matungulu sub county, aspirants have preferred going underground as most of them preferred to stay out of active politics until next year which has not been the case in kangundo as most aspirants have been quite active in the development issues.
Matungulu parliamentary aspirant Charles Kilonzo has been covering ground in terms of water provision as well as jobs for the youth. In his message to the other aspirants, he said, "We are not enemies, we all want to offer better services to the electorate, let us have, peaceful elections, let us not fight one another. Let the people decide."
His plan for the electorate once elected is to improve on key area which he feels have been neglected, notably, good governance, accountability, job creation, building colleges taking care of the old citizens, health matters, and minority groups, youth, women and people with disabilities. Kangundo Branch KNUT secretary Daniel Nginga is said to have visited the locals on a one on one basis.
According to the residents, the battle is likely to be between these two who are termed as humble servants and easily accessible by local mwananchi. The latest entrant in this race has been senator Muthama’s former Personal Assistant Paul Makau whom people claim may be riding on wiper ticket.
The incumbent Stephen Mule has been on a low season due to his health but is planning to make a come back and defend his seat. In Kangundo sub county, former banker Rose Wambua also known as ‘Mama Maji’ for her water projects in the constituency, seems to be taking the area by a swoop. She is breaking Kangundo's political history by being the first woman to contest for parliamentary seat in a male dominated area.
Athanas Ndolo is seen to have covered considerable ground in his rescue team. He has asked the electorate to elect leaders of integrity ready to fight for their interest and spearhead records of development strategies and good governance. He, however, feels the introduction of manual voting would bring back electoral malpractices which the electronic voting system has managed to eradicate. "If the president signs, the bill will harm our democracy, therefore likely to spark worse chaos than the 2007/08 post election violence," he argued.
He asks all aspiring candidates to engage a peaceful election as they prepare for aggressive battling in the political sphere come the election year. Fresh entrant Dr Ancent Kituku is said to have taken the residents by surprise for his love for the youth. He is said to have established forums for the youth to discover and nurture their talents and has taken quite a number of social media followers.
He has asked the electorate to maintain civility and encouraged people to love one another as brothers and sisters. "Kangundo is famous, but our fame overtook us. The slogan " Twienda kwika nesa" (we want to do good) holds true. We must reclaim our lost glory through "Wealthy" " he says.
The incumbent, Katatha Maweu, has had his own share in the political arena as most projects promised in his previous campaign have been started. He promised the electorate a university which was completed in this year. Several CDF classes have been constructed although this has also elicited much debate regarding his accountability.
Other aspirants in Kangundo have been waiting for the last stretch of the campaigns to pull out the last Ace. 2016 has indeed been quite an eventful year for both Sub counties and the electorate say let the best candidate win.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.