Kenya: Seven MPs from the three counties of Ukambani have asked former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka to retire from politics, and hand the region’s political mantle to Governor Alfred Mutua ahead of the 2017 general election.
The MPs, who converged at Kinyui grounds in Matungulu constituency on Dr Mutua’s invitation to launch a multi-billion water project at the weekend, said time has come for the youthful governor to liberate the community from political wilderness.
They included Eng Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Itwiku Mbai (Masinga), John Munuve (Mwingi North), Richard Makenga (Kaiti), Regina Ndambuki (Kilome) and Rachael Nyamai (Kitui South). Other leaders present were, former MPs Kalembe Ndile (Kibwezi) and Moffat Maitha (Kangundo).
Addressing the gathering, Dr Munyaka and Makenga revealed a political movement aimed at propelling Dr Mutua as the community’s political kingpin has already been established, and urged former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka to retire from politics.
“We have already formed a movement that seeks to rebrand our manner of doing politics, and which is expected to phase out self-centered approach to politics that has been the culture for many decades,” declared Munyaka.
Munyaka said the 28 years that Kalonzo has been in political leadership is enough pointer that voters in the region have given him all the necessary support he needed, and now it is his turn to support a new breed of leaders.
And agreeing with Munyaka’s sentiments, Makenga said: “Dr Mutua has been tried, tested and found to be the best leader this region can ever have at the moment, and we as the region’s legislators have no doubts that the Governor will lead the community to the next level in terms of development and politics.”