, WINGI, Jan 20 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has dismissed speculations that he might step down the presidential race in the forth coming general elections.
Musyoka stressed that he is firmly contesting the presidency, saying that his political strength emanates from the Kenyan people and not any individual.
He said the current democratic space allows any Kenyan to vie for elective positions including the presidency and that he will not relent in his quest for the top leadership position in the country.
The Vice President was speaking on Wednesday when he toured Enziu location of his Mwingi North Constituency. He addressed gatherings at Thitha market and later opened Kanzui Dispensary.
Musyoka said when Kenyans elect him as their president he will ensure full implementation of the new constitution for the benefit of Kenyans.
The Vice President assured that the Wiper Democratic Movement Party will hold a competitive and transparent nominations for those who will vie for elective positions through the party‘s ticket. He said there will be no direct nomination of candidates.
The Vice President urged the people in the area especially the youth to take advantage of the mobile registration exercise to acquire national identification cards in readiness for the general elections.
On local development, Musyoka urged residents of Mui Basin to form cooperatives so as to buy shares in the coal mining industry to be established in the area.
He said the residents will be seeking for 11percent of the total share in the mining industry.
“The coal mining will completely change the economy of this area, we will be able to create wealth, employment and improve infrastructure,” he said.
Musyoka noted that the coal field has a potential of generating over 5,000 megawatts of electricity, adding that the power generation should be done at the site and not any other place.
He directed that a comprehensive land survey be done and title deeds issued to the Mui basin residents to be assured of ownership of their potions of land.
Musyoka assured that there will be adequate compensation for those who will be displaced to pave way for the mining process.
While opening Kanzui dispensary, the Vice President said the government has set aside funds in the 2012/2013 financial year to recruit over 5,000 additional nurses to serve in various dispensaries across the country.
The Vice President was accompanied by the Mwingi County Council Chairman Musyoka wa Maiyu, a Nairobi businessman Eng. Joe Mutambu and the Mwingi Central District Commissioner Peter Kinuthia.