November 23rd 2017

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Mutua urges Kambas to safeguard community gains in govt since independence

“Since independence, Kambas had been enjoying superior stakes in government and as a community we are no longer interested in staying outside government,” he said.

By Mutinda MulwaMonday, 16 Oct 2017 10:02 EAT

Governor Alfred Mutua with the president at a past meeting.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Sunday appealed to the Kamba community to give President Uhuru Kenyatta audience when he tours the region tomorrow.

Uhuru is scheduled to lead Jubilee campaigns in Mwingi, Kitui County tomorrow morning, before addressing another political rally at Masii market in Machakos County in the afternoon.

“I request all residents from Makueni, Machakos and Kitui to come out tomorrow and listen to Uhuru Kenyatta’s message as he tells the community why he needs our votes. It is important to give him audience because he will inform us how the community shall benefit if he is reelected on October 26th,” Dr Mutua said in a statement to the press.

In Kitui, Uhuru will be received by Jubilee MPs, Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East) and Rachael Nyamai (Kitui South), former MPs Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central), John Munuve (Mwingi North) and former Senator, David Musila.

Dr Mutua, Machakos Town MP Victor Munyaka and his Mwala counterpart Vincent Musyoka are expected to host the president in his tour of Machakos.

The three counties, predominantly inhabited by the community voted overwhelmingly for the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) in the August 8 general election whose presidential results were nullified by the Supreme Court.

But now the governor is urging the community to be 'strategic’ and ensure they secure a stake in the next government. “Since independence, Kambas had been enjoying superior stakes in government and as a community we are no longer interested in staying outside government,” he said.

At the same time, Dr Mutua warned that ongoing calls for demonstrations and mass action by the opposition could plunge the country into anarchy. “Kenyans want peace. We don’t want to walk the path of Rwanda, Angola, Liberia and Somalia whose history of instability and genocides has been traced to demonstrations,” Dr Mutua said.

The governor lamented that the current state of political instability in the country had scared away potential investors seeking to set up base in the country.

“We want elections to be held on the 26th as ordered by the Supreme Court so that we close that chapter and begin building our nation. Those opposed to having the elections are courting violence and anarchy,” he said.

Elsewhere, the fate of 437 county staff attached to the Finance department who were sent on compulsory leave in August to pave way for independent audit will be known on Thursday.

Governor Mutua said the committee which had been vetting the staff after the audit had promised to hand over a report to him in the next three days. “The committee will hand over the report to me this coming Thursday for necessary action,” he told Kenya Free Press in an interview. 

Mutua said the move to suspend the entire Finance department officers was informed by the need to clean up his administration by identifying and rooting out corrupt and inefficient officers.

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