, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – Governors from Ukambani region have now vowed to unite for the sake of development of the area that has recently been hit by political wrangles.
The three Governors from Kitui, Machakos and Makueni counties say the region has stagnated in development because of poor leadership and empty rhetoric.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua who hosted his counterparts in Mwala constituency on Sunday accused a section of the area politicians of planning to ‘bring down’ the elected leaders.
He says the leaders have even accused him of being a Jubilee Government sympathiser on the ground of his firm opposition to endless politicking at the expense of development.
“They said I am in Jubilee but I insisted I’m in CORD under the Wiper party. I wonder whether buying ambulances, police vehicles or even constructing a road is being in Jubilee?” he posed.
“Does it mean there is no development in CORD and that you must be in Jubilee to have development in your area?”
He warned that, “if they chase us away, then we are going to find another place (party).”
Mutua said not even his detractors will be able to stop him from going on with his ‘Maendeleo Chap Chap’ (speedy development).
He said his short development record had left many uncomfortable since “they want the status quo. They say I am destroying the political temperatures of this region but I will not stop.”
He pointed out the forces were even calling a section of Machakos County Assembly members “to put him on his toes.”
“They told me they used to receive those calls from Nairobi,” he stated.
“If people reject me after doing all that development, then it’s okay with me. I am not a career politician, I am a professional but while I’m still your Governor, I will deliver without fear.”
Embattled Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana on his part blamed political machinations for his misfortunes.
He said he will continue collecting signatures for the Makueni county government to be dissolved and hopefully the area residents get a chance to elect new leadership.
“I wonder why there was not a single Wiper MCA who came to my defence… some of these things we leave to God,” he stated.
He assured the region’s residents that they will work towards unity of all the leaders, “to improve the lives of our people.”
On his impeachment he said, “they (MCAs) want to embezzle all the county funds, but not under my watch. I said I will defend it to my last breath. If they impeach me, it’s not a big deal.”
He said if the county is dissolved, “people should not vote on party basis but on their development record.”
Kitui Governor Julius Malombe on his part affirmed that only through unity, that the people of the region will be able to realise true leadership and development.