Mombasa, Kenya, Jan 8 – Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has slammed Opposition leaders for failing to offer the nation alternative leadership.
Mutua challenged the Opposition to focus on development issues instead of perennially engaging in populist politics.
He said Opposition leaders in the country were well known and senior individuals with powerful contacts which they should use to accelerate development.
He said Opposition politics was not merely about opposing but also providing alternative development.
“They need to use their contacts and initiate projects that will impact positively on the lives of our people. Criticising and pointing out issues only, is not development,” said Mutua.
He tore into a section of coastal leaders opposed to the Maendeleo Chap Chap movement.
“They should know that our people will no longer support their politics of poverty,” said Mutua.
Speaking in Changamwe constituency in Mombasa County where he opened the movement’s office and later addressed a rally, Mutua said anyone who wants the support of Maendeleo Chap Chap must first show what they have done for the people.
He said the movement was not interested in positions of power but social, political and economic transformation.
MPs Itwiku Mbai (Masinga), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Regina Ndambuki (Kilome), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), John Munuve (Mwingi North) Tip Tip party leader Kalembe Ndile and over 20 opinion leaders accompanied Mutua.
He reiterated he was in Wiper party to stay and was not cowed by attempts to kick him out of the party due to his movement.
He said if Wiper kicks him out, he will certainly find another alternative.
Mutua said Ukambani had other political parties formed by sons and daughters from the region yet those opposed to him were not talking about those parties.
He said the region had parties like Tip Tip, Narc led by Charity Ngilu, CCU headed by Wavinya Ndeti, Pick by Harun Mwau and DP by Joseph Munyao.
“So I wonder why they are obsessed with Mutua. This is because of my paradigm shift for politics of development,” said Mutua.
Mutua has in the last two days taken his campaign of the Maendeleo Chap Chap movement to the Coast.
On Thursday, Mutua opened the movement’s office in Taita Taveta and held public allies in Njukini and Taveta towns.
He said there was need to change the style of doing politics if development is to be accelerated.
Mutua also met Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu in Wundanyi where they discussed issues affecting the two counties.
He has also opened a coordinating office for the movement in Nairobi.
Mutua said the movement will traverse the entire country and sell its ideologies.
Residents of Mombasa who spoke to Mutua during the rally said they wanted to be led by individuals who will address the issues facing them.