, MACHAKOS, Kenya, May 24 – Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has launched a scathing attack on CORD leaders and especially Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka for the violent protests pushing for disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Mutua singled out Musyoka for misleading the Kamba community to join the protests saying his actions were driven by the greed to acquire power and fame by all means necessary.
“Kalonzo and his team should bring their wives and children to the protests if they mean well for the country. They should stop misusing other people’s wives, sons and daughters to cause anarchy,” said Mutua.
He said that the CORD leaders were playing hypocritical politics since their members accepted to be sworn in County Assemblies and the Senate when they were declared winners by IEBC.
“They should have refused to be sworn-in in the first place instead of waiting nearly four years down the lane to push for the disbandment of IEBC,” said Mutua.
He said the protests that have led to loss of lives and destruction of property were unwarranted and could lead to more violence ahead of the 2017 polls.
“I want to categorically tell Kalonzo and his brigade that Kenyans are not gullible. Kambas have never been a violent people and they should not be lured into the trap of some people who have an insatiable appetite for power,” said Mutua.
The Machakos Governor said that the protests will not be allowed in his county adding they were likely to scare investors and the business community.
Mutua was speaking at his county offices in Machakos town when he hosted over 400 women leaders and boda boda operators for a luncheon-cum consultative meeting.
He challenged the youth to participate in politics and governance issues saying power has never been given voluntarily.
Mutua said the boda boda operators played an integral role in transport and urged them to form groups and seek for tenders from his government.
Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation Chairperson Francisca Mutinda led the grassroots leaders in rooting for the re-election of Mutua as the Machakos Governor come 2017.
“We will move to all corners and enclaves in Machakos to seek votes for you. Women are powerful tools at the grassroots level,” said Ms Mutinda.
She added that women were a beneficiary of the ambulances initiated by Mutua and which were offering free services to residents.
“Women are delivering in dignity and are no longer being ferried to hospitals using wheel barrows,” said Mutinda.
Majority Leader in the Machakos County Assembly Joshua Mwonga also hit out at those using the IEBC protests to fan violence saying they were enemies of the people.
He said the protests were being led by “political rejects” who had lost the elections in 2013 adding that they were using a shortcut to power.
Mwonga backed Mutua’s sentiments that the CORD brigade should bring their spouses and children to the protests instead of exploiting the poor.
“Their children and wives are in comfortable homes or even abroad while those of the poor are being clobbered and tear gassed,” said Mwonga.
Ms Mutinda described Mutua as a visionary leader whom he said was driven by the desire to do good for the electorate.