, MACHAKOS, Kenya, May 26 – Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has said the church has a critical role to play in promoting peace and justice in the country.
Mutua said the church should also shun wayward politicians who were fanning violence and divisions among citizens.
“I understand the role the church plays in guiding leaders and I urge the clergy to be in the forefront speaking about social ills,” said Mutua.
He said the church has played a key role in promoting development at the grassroots level and was associated with projects in schools, hospitals and the water sector among others.
Mutua was speaking at his office when he hosted clergy drawn from Salvation Army churches in Machakos County.
The team led by Captain Kasyoka said they were committed to supporting the governor in his endeavour to spur social, economic and political change in the county.
Mutua who also met representatives from various teachers unions and associations said he was also committed to improving the education standards in the county.
He said as a trained communications teacher, he understood the important role that educationists play.
“I taught in various universities abroad and was even the youngest lecturer at Daystar University at the age of 26. I appreciate your responsibilities and assure you of my support,” said Mutua.
He said teachers play a key role in society and should be catalysts of change and development.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET), Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) and the Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (KEPSHA) were present.
Representatives of the unions from Machakos, Kitui and Makueni counties were present.
The officials lauded Mutua for the transformative leadership which they said was being felt I the education sector.
“We appreciate what you are doing and vow to support you in all your political and development agenda. You are a visionary leader,”said KEPSHA Makueni and Machakos boss Ken Kyeva.
He said critics of Mutua were afraid of being rendered irrelevant since they had nothing to show for their many years in public offices.
Mutua reiterated he was not interested in political supremacy but was driven by the desire to improve the lives of the people.
“I have always said that there is no romance in poverty. Leaders must be elected on the basis of their track record in terms of development and uplifting the lives of their people,” said Mutua.
KUPPET Machakos branch boss Musembi Katuku said those fighting Mutua were envious of his development track record.
Katuku said the governor was a transformative leader who was committed to the improvement of the lives of those he is leading.
Mutua reiterated his commitment in the provision of clean piped water to residents of the Machakos among other amenities.