, EMBU, Kenya, Sept 18 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has blamed continued political wrangling for the slow development rate in the country.
Speaking in Embu town where he took his Maendeleo Chap Chap movement, Mutua said Kenya had failed to emerge from Third World status due to politics based on tribe and region.
He said the opposition had dwelt on criticizing and derailing the government instead of offering solutions that would help make the country developed.
Mutua said many countries that were at the same level of development with Kenya at independence had improved since they had embraced and constructive politics.
“I feel sorry for politicians who say we should do politics without considering development. For the past 50 years, Kenya has been engaging in destructive politics that has been pulling us down to poverty. We need to avoid that so that we can offer better quality of life to Kenyans,” he told the hundreds of residents at the local open air market.
The Governor said his movement would offer a vehicle for political and economic transformation in the country by ensuring they listened to concerns of everyone.
Mutua called on the electorate to ask those seeking various political seats what they had achieved, saying it would amount to waste of tax payer’s money to elect non performers.
He said his movement was committed to improvement of our way of life so as to effectively deal with poverty by replicating the speedy development realized in Machakos.
“A road in Machakos takes only three months to complete. We have dug 350 boreholes to help ensure residents had access to clean drinking water. “Elected leaders are paid a lot of money and therefore they should be accountable to the public,” said Mutua.
The Governor at the same time lauded the recent unity pact between Kamba and GEMA elders saying it would boost cohesion and unity and called on elders to be at the frontline in seeking peace.
He also called for the youth to be given slots when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is reconstituted.