Mudavadi takes 2022 campaigns to U.S, casts doubt on Raila referendum push
Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi is in the U.S. to bolster his bid for the 2022 presidential race.
On Friday, Mudavadi told Kenyans in Springfield City, Massachusetts, that he is fit to replace President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Elections are not about emotions but rationality. We must start putting the right leaders in office. Let’s not pick leaders because they shout the loudest, because they are rabble rousers,” Mudavadi said.
He also took a thinly veiled swipe at ODM leader Raila Odinga over his stance for a referendum.
According to Mudavadi, any amendments to the constitution to create positions for some leaders should be rejected.
“Are you amending the constitution to create jobs for some political elite or you are amending the constitution because it is going to serve the interest of the country?” he posed.
“As we seek to amend the constitution, we must first of all ask ourselves; is it to serve the interests of the country? Or to create positions for political elite? All we need is to think straight, think right and do what is right. Let us pull together,” he added.
Mudavadi further criticised Deputy President William Ruto over donations to churches saying Kenyans should not be blinded.
“We have been judging our leaders by the amount of money they can dish out at church functions yet they do not appear on the official register of KRA as the highest taxpayers. They are donating more than Safaricom does,” he said further.
He however lauded President Kenyatta over the directive to stop the construction of Arror dam in Elgeyo Marakwet over allegations of theft of taxpayer’s money.
It is the Arror and Kimwarer dams that saw the replacement of Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his PS Kamau Thuge.
The two were arraigned in court and charged with corruption. They however denied the charges as the case continues.
“Corruption is rife, unemployment is high and our national debt has skyrocketed, but there is hope. We can turn it around, we can do something to create jobs, we can reduce our public debt to manageable levels, we can do it by making sure that the right leadership is in place,” Mudavadi said.
Mudavadi also lauded Kenyans in the U.S. for their contribution towards growing their country’s economy.
He said Kenyans in the diaspora have a critical role in shaping the country’s future through transfer of knowledge, remittances and participating in the political process.
“The recognition Kenyans living abroad get from the Government should be commensurate with the great contribution they are making to the country’s social economic development. We should, therefore, formulate policies that address the needs of the diaspora,” he added.
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