Professionals urge Ukambani voters to reject retrogressive leaders

Sunday March 20 2016

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua leads

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua leads professionals from Ukambani in holding hands to show solidarity during a meeting held at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 19, 2016. The professionals urged voters not to elect leaders who perpetuate retrogressive politics. PHOTO | STEPHEN MUTHINI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By STEPHEN MUTHINI
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More than 2,000 professionals from Machakos, Makueni and Kitui counties Saturday warned leaders from Ukambani who engaged in negative and retrogressive politics that they risked being blacklisted.

The professionals urged voters to reject their bids for political positions.

The professionals warned that come the 2017 General Elections, they would spearhead campaigns against politicians who had failed to offer leadership and instead opted to practise “politics of poverty and insults”.

Speaking at a consultative meeting for professionals from the three counties hosted by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua at Kenyatta Stadium, the professionals said they had a critical role to play in the political and economic prosperity of the Ukambani region.

The governor, who addressed the professionals, said he would not be cowed by leaders who had openly come out to fight him whom he said were doomed to fail.

“Those opposing my philosophy of accelerated development will be swept away by the raging waters of prosperity,” Dr Mutua said.

POLITICAL ENEMIES

The Machakos governor said he had managed to achieve tangible development in various sectors and his political enemies had nothing to show to the electorate.

“Let them continue making noise and hurling insults at me but I will continue doing God’s work which is that of serving the people of Machakos and Ukambani at large,” he said.

The Chairman of the Railways Corporation Board of Directors, Gen (Rtd) Jeremiah Kianga, said there was a need to correct “perpetual mismatch in politics” and address the needs of the people.

“It is morally fraudulent for our political class to continually engage in toxic politics while our people continue to wallow in abject poverty,” he said.

Among those who attended were Ezekiel Mutua, the CEO of the Film Classification Board, MPs Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town) and John Munuve (Mwingi North). Others were former MPs Kalembe Ndile (Kibwezi), Mutinda Mutiso (Kilome) and Muthusi Kitonga (Mutito).

Mr Ezekiel Mutua, who read the resolutions dubbed the “Machakos Accord,” said the professionals also pledged to establish an Ukambani Bank to provide affordable credit to locals to help them begin businesses and grow the economy of the region.

He stunned those in attendance when he revealed that top professionals from the region had received calls from a prominent politician from Ukambani urging them to boycott the function.

“We ignored the calls since we must be on the right side of history that is supporting development and progressive politics,” he said.

During the meeting, committees were formed to spearhead a unity and economic prosperity agenda for the region, with Governor Mutua being overwhelmingly chosen as the patron of the new Ukambani Professionals Caucus.