Abagusii leaders want Mutua to work with Matiang’i in 2022 presidential bid


Abagusii leaders want Mutua to work with Matiang'i in 2022 presidential bid
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua at a fundraising ceremony for the construction of a dining hall for Tinderet School in Nyamira county. PHOTO| COURTESY

A section of Abagusii leaders now want Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua to work with Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i in his 2022 presidential bid.

Led by Kisii Senator Prof. Sam Ongeri, Senator Okong’o Omogeni of Nyamira and Nakuru Town West MP Samwel Arama, the leaders said any person from any community can lead the country, hence, the top leadership should not be presumed to be a preserve of one or two or three ethnic communities.

Mr. Arama described the Maendeleo Chap Chap Party leader as development-oriented, adding that he should team up with Dr. Matiang’i and other like-minded leaders in his 2022 presidential bid.

“We cannot have the presidency rotating between two communities, this time round we want a change. If we look at what he has done in Machakos, we are convinced he can also lead this country,” said Arama.

“I invited Mutua to this function is because we want a united country. And that is the message President Uhuru Kenyatta is sending out. As the Abagusii leaders we have our ‘Moses’ so speak to our leader Matiang’i so that we can build a united country,” said the Nyamira Senator.

Prof. Ongeri said the presidency should be rotational to provide all communities with a fair opportunity to be in government and thus reduce the feeling of disaffection among some communities against others.

On his part, Mutua said for the country to rise beyond ethnic and regional tribal lines, a clear foundation of inclusion in governance must be established.

“Our country needs to be a country that is no longer polarised in ethnic lines. No one chooses which community to be born to,” said Mutua. The next national elections need to be the turning point,” said Mutua.

“We need to craft a leadership which ends the years of the cries for marginalization and exclusion by having new blood and all regions being part of the Government and enjoying public goods without discrimination.”

The leaders were speaking during a fundraising ceremony for the construction of a dining hall for Tinderet School in Nyamira county.

Mutua, who had been invited as the chief guest, said diversity in the communities that ascend to the presidency will help unify Kenya and get rid of tribalism.

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