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Sunday, 05 Feb 2017 19:09 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
A former Chief Officer for Water in Governor Alfred Mutua’s county government has begun the journey to contest for the Yatta parliamentary seat in the coming general election. Lemi Muia, who is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Nairobi, and who is credited with designing the Machakos County Water Master Plan declared earlier today that he is firmly in the race to represent the people of Yatta in the National Assembly.
Mr Muia will face off with the incumbent, Francis Mwangangi as well as former area MP Charles Kilonzo who has also planned a political comeback. He addressed several youth and women groups across Kithimani before meeting dozens of village leaders from across Yatta in Matuu town where he encouraged them to register as voters and participate in the forthcoming general election.
“I am offering myself to be a candidate for the parliamentary seat so that I serve you through servant and transformative leadership that will ultimately bring honor to the great people of Yatta,” he said.
Mr Muia said if elected he would make Yatta a model constituency by creating opportunities for social-economic development through investments and promotion of education standards.
The youthful aspirant, who commands a huge youth following through a political movement dubbed ‘Youth Power’ says he is supporting Wiper party leader and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka in his presidential bid.
However, he raised concerns over the poor turnout of potential voters in the ongoing Mass Voter Registration (MVR) exercise which begun last month and is expected to end mid this month.
“I call upon the people of Yatta and all potential voters in the entire Ukambani to come out in large numbers to register as voters because numbers will be critical in determining the next president of Kenya, and we are all behind our leader Kalonzo Musyoka,” he said.