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Saturday, 27 May 2017 13:26 EAT
Voters in Machakos County have been urged to resist the ‘excitement of party wave’ and vote into office capable individuals who will initiate meaningful development in the region.
Speaking separately to the Kenya Free Press, several aspirants contesting various elective positions through Jubilee Party tickets dismissed the narrative that was being advanced by a section of Wiper party aspirants that Jubilee Party is ‘a foreign’ outfit in the region’s politics.
Parliamentary aspirants including Teddy Kioko (Kathiani), Rose Wambua (Kangundo) and Thomas Musau (Matungulu) described as cheap propaganda the narrative that all candidates seeking elective positions through JP were betrayers of the Kamba nation.
“That narrative is being propagated by individuals who have run out of ideas and are only hanging on the wave of the so-called predominant party which is no longer influential in Ukambani,” said Mr Kioko, who cited Kathiani constituency as an example of a region which had lagged behind in development due to ‘bad politics.’
“Leaders are elected to empower their people but the poor leadership that we have seen in Kathiani is squarely responsible for poor absorption of our youths in various national government programs such as NYS, recruitment to the national police service and the Kenya Defense Forces,” he said.
Mr Kioko will face off with the incumbent, Wiper party national organizing secretary, Robert Mbui as well as businessman Franklin Makola of Maendeleo Chap Chap.
And Ms Wambua, who will fly the JP flag in Kangundo constituency, urged voters to reject leaders who did not have a clear agenda for development. “Voters must vet all these people especially those that have been only engaging in populist politics with no clear agenda on how to improve the livelihoods of the electorate,” she said.
Ms Wambua said Jubilee Party comes with a solution on how to transform the lives of people, citing the ongoing roads infrastructure expansion across Ukambani.
In Matungulu, Mr Musau said voters should be less concerned with party affiliation and instead gauge an individual’s capacity to represent the people. “The people of Matungulu are not fools. They know what they want, and they will speak loud and clear through the ballot on August 8 where they shall elect their leader of choice, not political party,” he said.
Elsewhere, JP gubernatorial candidate Lemi Muia has criticized Governor Alfred Mutua for failing to fulfill his pre-election pledges.
Addressing the press in Machakos town yesterday, Lemi said Dr Mutua had ‘totally failed’ to meet the expectations of Machakos voters who elected him on the platform of provision of piped water to all households, food security reforms and creation of thousands of jobs for the youth.