, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 25 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua says that the Maendeleo Chap Chap movement is not a tribal outfit but ‘people driven’ and will encompass everyone regardless of their origin.
Speaking during the official launch of the movement on Thursday, Mutua stated that the movement will focus on development as opposed to engaging in empty rhetoric.
He indicated that the movement will ensure that everyone gets efficient and effective service delivery in Machakos County.
“Three days ago, I celebrated by birthday and I called my friends and I talked to my mum and I said ‘thank you mum for having given birth to me and for taking care of me until I could stand on my own,’ the reality is that I never sent a post card to ask to be born in Masii, Machakos, as a Kamba,” he stated.
“No one sends a post card to be born a Kikuyu, a Luhya, a Kamba, a Kisii, or a Mijikenda. Tribalism is not a way of life but is something that has been institutionalised by our political class to become a point of reference for interactions.”
He recalled that when he was campaigning, he promised to work day and night to improve the lives of the people of Machakos and expressed his commitment to ensure that the pledges he made is realised.
“I pledged a lot of development programs and I am committed to ensuring that they are realised. Because I am youthful and energetic, I chose to develop Machakos in a faster and efficient manner hence my Maendeleo Chap Chap ideology,” he stated. “Barely two weeks after being sworn in, I was the first Governor to name my Cabinet on April 2nd 2014. This was the first step in setting up structures and systems that would assist me to develop Machakos.”
During the meeting, he expressed his devotion and passion about bringing change and real development.
“We have done a lot and more is in the pipeline. Recently, the World Bank published a report that vindicated our efforts. Machakos was lauded for being one of the counties that have used most of their money for development at over 45 percent,” he stated.
Mutua indicated that delegates from all 47 counties attended the event and pointed out that the movement’s focus will be development and people driven politics.
The movement has already opened offices in 35 counties.