, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 10 – Over 5,000 opinion leaders have endorsed Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua who is also the founder and party leader of the Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC) to vie for the presidency in 2022.
The leaders who also included aspirants for Governor, Senator, MP, Woman Representatives and MCA seats from other counties in the country said Mutua’s star was rising beyond county politics.
“The people of Machakos have a visionary leader whose agenda is beyond Ukambani politics,” said Kanja Muchina, a gubernatorial seat aspirant from Nyandarua County.
Muchina said Mutua was the best bet for Ukambani to run and win the presidency come 2022.
Kipipiri constituency aspirant John Gachamba said Mutua was best suited to take over the mantle once President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term ends in 2022.
Mutua who hosted the opinion leaders also drawn from the village level across the county at the Machakos People’s Park said he will continue offering transformative leadership at the county and national arena.
He urged the electorate to elect candidates running on his party ticket.
Mutua said the party nominations will be free and fair.
“The party will give its tickets to the best and popular candidates, “said Mutua.
The Majority Whip at the Machakos County Assembly Timothy Kilonzo said Mutua was a youthful leader who has the potential of becoming the President of the country come the 2022 elections.
Mutua challenged the electorate to elect leaders whose agenda is to improve their lives and not political self seekers.
Mutua hit out at leaders planning public demonstrations over the new electoral laws saying their plot was retrogressive.
“These protests will scare away investors leading to job losses. They will also lead to anarchy and destruction of property, “said Mutua.
He said will defend his seat on an MCC party ticket.
Mutua said MCC was neither an affiliate of Jubilee or Cord but will support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.
“Uhuru and I share the same Ideology of development. That’s why I back him for a second term,” said Mutua.
He said MCC was the only ‘local’ political party and which was founded by sons and daughters from Ukambani.
“The party is in the hearts of the people.
It is people driven,” said Mutua.
He added that party was set to become one of the biggest political players not only in Ukambani but also nationally.
Mutua said MCC will field candidates across the country for all seats apart from the presidency.
Mutua said he was a servant leader whose mission was to transform the lives of the people.
Masinga MP Itwiku Mbai and at least 30 members of the Machakos County Assembly were also present.
Mbai rooted for Mutua’s re-election saying he has initiated tangible development projects.
“You have remained steadfast in serving your people and we will reciprocate by voting you back as our Governor,” said Mbai.
Mutua thanked the electorate for voting him as the Governor in 2013 and urged them to re-elect him for a second term.
He said he had fulfilled his pre-election pledges in the health, roads, security, water among other sectors.
“We have ambulances that have assisted our sick people and especially pregnant mothers reach hospitals,”said Mutua.
He said his government had tarmacked the Makutano ma Mwala-Kithimani, Kathiani-Kakuyuni-Kangundo roads.
“We are also upgrading the Kivandini-Masinga road to bitumen standard, “said Mutua.
He said his term as a Governor was however sometimes derailed by a section of leaders whom he said engaged in retrogressive politics.