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Tuesday, 06 Sep 2016 12:59 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
There was a time when the Rev. Mutava Musyimi was a revered reformist. His name was synonymous with the struggle for democratic governance in Kenya. Not anymore. The MP has not only fallen on the national front, his own constituents are now demanding that he leave the seat he has held for two terms, and have identified a present-day “Moses” to deliver them from captivity.
This week, a little-known official in the Embu county government declared her interest in Musyimi’s seat to wide applause by the Mbeere South constituents. Speaking at Kiritiri, the county executive for Sports, Emily Thaara, said she was out to unseat Musyimi and urged the people to be just a little patient before her wave comes that will sweep away memories of the region’s poor representation from Jeremiah Nyagah’s time to the present.
The aspirant claimed that Mbeere South residents have been stuck in political, social and economic bondage for decades and only a messianic leader could save them. She decried the neglect of the constituency in development terms despite having had as MPs leaders who were very close to the centre of power.
“Mbeere South people want to make a step forward and I know you have read the Bible and know that God used Moses to rescue the Israelites from bondage in Egypt before he handed over the mantle to Joshua. I want to be your Moses,” said Thaara, who is also a successfull businesswoman.
While not everyone believes Thaara is a Moses, opinion is nearly unanimous in the region that Musyimi’s two terms have been a disaster. Perhaps knowing the uphill task he faces to regain the seat in 2017, Musyimi has hardly campaigned for re-election.
His absence from the field has left a vacuum many politicians are rushing to fill. The seat has attracted several politicians including the chairman of the National Cereals and Produce Board, Godfrey Kingangi, current Kiambere Ward MCA Martin Mwangi, TNA activist Genesio Mugo and businessman Peter Kamau Nyutu.
Meanwhile, Thaara’s declaration has brought to four the number of Embu county government officials seeking to unseat serving MPs. The County Secretary Raymond Kinyua has declared his interest in the Runyenjes seat.
The chief officer in Livestock and Fisheries department Monicah Syombua will vie for the Women Representative position, while the county executive for agriculture Patrisio Njiru will run in Mbeere North.