Kenyan MPs chide colleagues over campaigns

September 9, 2010 12:00 am

, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Sep 9 – A section of Members of Parliament from Nyandarua and Laikipia Counties have criticised leaders who have started to position themselves for the various seats created by the new Constitution.

The legislatures say that instead, the leaders should focus on how to implement and legislate the new law while at the same time delivering services to Kenyans.

MPs Jeremiah Kioni (Ndaragwa) Erastus Muriithi (Ol-Kalou) and their Laikipia West counterpart Nderitu Muriithi called on the political leaders to focus on development agenda and not start campaigning ahead of the 2012 general elections.

The legislatures regretted that a lot of time had been consumed in the preparation of the new Constitution and political infighting and now that the new Constitution was in place, it was time for the elected people to start delivering services to their constituents.

Mr Kioni said that leaders should be at the forefront in implementing the new law and should not take the advantage of the seats created to start campaigning.

“It is regrettable that instead of some of us being in the forefront on giving solution to the problems facing our electorate, we have started campaigns in earnest to vie for various seats ahead of 2012,” noted Mr Kioni.

He termed the campaigns as premature and uncalled for and should only be held when the right time comes.

“It is still too early to position ourselves in either the Governors or Senators seats as we are still elected MPs. This should be done when Parliament is dissolved,” he said.

Some leaders in Central province have already declared their interests to vie for various seats (The Senate and County Governors) in 2012 general elections.

But speaking in Nyahururu town on Wednesday, the three MPs said that they would first deliver in their constituencies before declaring any intention to vie for more powerful seats.

“It is the ambition of every politician to be more and more powerful but this is not the case with us. We will first provide better leadership to those who elected us since they will be the ones to decide which seats to vote us in. We are also human beings who have ambitions but this is not the right time,” said Mr Muriithi who is also the Industrialization Assistant Minister.

He said that they were determined to fight for the full implementation of the new law especially now that the funds would be delivered to the grassroots level through the creation of counties.


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