Kenneth calls for ‘fresh agenda’ ahead of campaign tour
Posted Saturday, July 21 2012 at 23:40
Presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth wants public debate to shift from being about reforms to development ahead of the next elections.
The Gatanga MP said the reformist agenda has taken the country far “but the critical thing now is to move to the full implementation of the Constitution which has a strong focus on the rights based approach to development.”
Today, Mr Kenneth takes his campaign to Kajiado County where he will attend mass at Ngong Catholic Church before heading to Embu in the afternoon to attend an induction ceremony for a PCEA cleric.
Tomorrow Mr Kenneth will address a meeting in Karuga in Nyahururu.
“We owe a great deal to those who have worked so hard and sacrificed a lot for our country. In my view, we need to appreciate the freedom fighters who liberated our country from the colonialists. We owe the existence of our country and its identity to them,” Mr Kenneth said. “However, if we are to progress as a country, we must not remain there.”
In a statement, the Planning and National Development assistant minister said the government is now required by law to ensure Kenyans have access to certain basic needs.
“What we should be talking about now is how we are going to realise them [the basic needs].”
The Gatanga MP said the next election must be a race between performers and non-performers. He said Kenyans need to evaluate the development record of aspirants for all elective positions.
“If one has failed at lower levels, why should they be rewarded with bigger responsibilities?” Mr Kenneth asked.
He added: “My message to Kenyans is a simple one. If we are to learn from our painful past, our difficult present and progress to a Kenya that we can all be proud of, we must elect a transformative leadership that will deliver development for Kenya without losing the gains of our reform agenda.”
Mr Kenneth hopes to vie for the presidency on a KNC ticket.