Don’t just oppose, provide alternative leadership-Governor Mutua to CORD


Governor Mutua gave Gor Mahia the reprieve on Monday afternoon.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua. PHOTO| COURTESY

Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua on Friday criticized the opposition for its failure to provide alternative leadership.

Mutua, who was opening the Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement’s coordinating office for coast region in Changamwe, said that opposition politics should not be just about opposing issues.

The Machakos Govenor has urged the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leadership to, like government, find ways of building schools, hospitals, factories and other facilities.

Additionally, Mutua stated that criticizing and pointing out issues only, is not development.

The Machakos Governor has stated that Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement is about creating opportunities for the Kenyan people.

He further stated that the movement is not about a greedy desire for fruitless leadership.

Dr. Mutua told Mombasa residents that he was not merely seeking to be a leader of a movement, but he is offering solutions to society’s problems through systematic implementation of projects that impact on people.

“We just don’t seek positions; we want projects for our people,” said Mutua.

Furthermore, Mutua has called on leaders to be tolerant of opposing views.

“Some leaders are insulting us and yet they got into office in Mombasa County because of our people’s votes. They should know that our people will no longer support their politics of poverty,” he said.

In the other hand, the Governor asked residents of Mombasa to be vigilant and question their leaders about the developments that they have made for their people since they took office.

Mombasa residents, speaking through their group leaders, said that they wanted a leader who would address and respond to issues affecting them. They said that only a leader who would give them an acceptable offer would receive their votes come the 2017 General Elections.

During his visit in Changamwe, Dr. Mutua stressed that he is indeed a member of the Wiper party and his is there to stay.

“I will stay in the Wiper Party until they kick me out then I will find an alternative,” he said.

Giving examples of parties such as PICK (Harun Mwau), TIP TIP (Kalembe Ndile), NARC (Charity Ngilu), DP (Hon.Munyao) and CCU (Wavinya Ndeti), Mutua wondered why Wiper leadership was not talking of parties by other Ukambani leaders.

Dr. Mutua muddied the Wiper Party’s political waters when he launched his Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement at Machakos Stadium on January 2nd 2015.

Reacting to this announcement a day later, Wiper Democratic Party leadership called for an emergency meeting on January 16th to deliberate on the fate of Mutua.

“On the 16th of this month, Wiper Democratic Movement leadership will hold a meeting in Machakos where the issue of Alfred Mutua and his movement will be discussed. If indeed the Governor has left Wiper then the best thing would be to go for a by-election,” said Kalonzo.

 

Though Mutua has not explicitly declared that Maendeleo Chap Chap is a political party, pundits have speculated that the Governor is setting up a rival political outfit in preparation for the 2017 polls.

Should it become clear that the movement is indeed a political party, Mutua stands to lose his gubernatorial seat in accordance with the 2011 Political Parties Act.

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