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Thursday, 07 Jul 2016 21:28 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Limuru residents witnessed a rare scene of a politician being told to his face that he was not fit for the position he was aiming for. Former Limuru MP Peter Mwathi was confronted by residents at a public event who told him to stick to Limuru politics rather than 'waste time' running against Kiambu Governor William Kabogo.
Mwathi was speaking at an event hosted by Limuru Talents Clubs at Metropolitan Teachers Square in Limuru Town when a young man rose up and asked him to concentrate his energies on winning back the Limuru parliamentary seat that he lost in 2013 rather than aiming for the governor’s position.
“Before you became the MP, I learned computer packages at your college. Many other people benefited too. Today we still hear that you are doing a lot of things for poor people. Tell us the position you want but not the governor seat,” said Ian Waweru, a supporter of the former MP who underwent vocational training through the Mwathi Foundation.
Waweru’s address only opened the door for other youths to give Mwathi a piece of their mind. “We discuss politics a lot and your tenure as MP stands out. It is you to decide whether you want to get back the seat in 2017 or go for a governor’s position that you won’t win,” said a lady, Joan Waithera.
The remarks put Mwathi in an uncomfortable position as more youths at the event demanded that he should declare his interest in the parliamentary seat. After unsuccessfully trying to avoid the question, he eventually said, “It is early to declare for the parliamentary seat because we have an able MP who is in office.”
This answer sent the crowd, which was apparently dissatisfied with the incumbent, into a frenzy, demanding that Mwathi should commit to running for the seat in 2017.
Mwathi, who is currently a facilitator of devolution capacity building courses, then turned to the residents and remarked. “Why did you not vote for me in 2013 if you love me that much?”
Waithera and Waweru then said that the residents were voting for TNA candidates in 2013 and Mwathi should have won the party’s nomination.