MACHAKOS, Kenya, Oct 19 – Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has warned of a plot by a section of Members of the Machakos County Assembly who were demanding for money to halt an impeachment plan against him.
A defiant Mutua put them on notice that he will not succumb to their blackmail tactics adding their plot will not succeed since he had the backing of the electorate.
“I want to tell them that I will not give them a penny. This money belongs to the people of Machakos and is for development,” said Mutua.
He added that it was shameful for elected leaders to blackmail a governor for their own selfish interests.
“These leaders should be rejected by the voters come the elections. They do not deserve to be in positions of leadership,” said Mutua.
He added that he was committed to offering transformative leadership and will not be cowed by those opposed to his way of doing things.
Mutua was speaking at the Mulu Mutisya Gardens where he unveiled a statue of the late powerful Ukambani politician.
Mutisya served as a nominated MP for 18 years and was a long serving Machakos Kanu Branch Chairman.
MPs Itwiku Mbai (Masinga), Dr Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), John Munuve (Mwingi North), County Speaker Bernard Mungata and MCA’s led by the majority leader Joshua Mwonga were present.
Mbai and Munyaka tore into the character of Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala whom they alleged had been used by other politicians to undermine Mutua.
“Kiala is a perennial political loser and is just dreaming that he can oust Mutua. He is a dreamer,” said Munyaka.
Mutua said the county was proud to honour a leader who was generous, big-hearted and whose impact in the region was still being felt today.
“I am pleased that the wisdom of Mulu Mutisya, who despite lack of formal education, was manifested by his drive for the improvement of others. Mzee Mulu Mutisya championed for the appointment of educated Kamba elites to senior government offices,” said Mutua.
He added that the reality was that you cannot discuss the history of Ukambani politics without discussing the role Mulu Mutisya played.
“Today we honour his life and worth with this statue that reminds of how he was when he formed the New Akamba Union (NAU) political outfit,” said Mutua.
He added the Mulu Mutisya Garden has also been made a “real garden in his honour” so that the public can use it as a recreational haven.
“It is not enough for leaders to keep on talking of our heroes since they also need to show Wananchi what they have done in remembrance of those heroes,” said Mutua.