Relationship between Mutua, Kiala worrying; leaders
Leaders in Machakos County are appealing to Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and his Deputy Bernard Kiala to bury the hatchet and work together.
Speaking at Kyanda ABC Secondary School in Machakos Constituency, Chama Cha Uzalendo Party leader Wavinya Ndeti asked the two unite and deliver their manifesto to the residents.
Early this month Machakos County Deputy Governor claimed he was ejected from a Cabinet meeting after raising issues touching on nepotism and favoritism in issuance of tenders in the County.
Mutituni Ward Representative Joseph Kalunde has since introduced a motion to have him impeached. An ad hoc committee that had started to probe the conduct of the Deputy Governor was temporarily halted by a Machakos High Court pending a ruling on whether the process was constitutional after Kiala through his lawyer James Orengo rushed to Court seeking to terminate the whole process.
The ruling will be made Monday afternoon.
Elsewhere, Deputy President William Ruto has asked Kenyans to build bridges across religions and communities saying no one stands to gain from a fragmented nation.
Emphasizing that all leaders irrespective of their political persuasion had a responsibility to safeguard the gains the country had made, Mr. Ruto cautioned that it will be difficult for everyone if people continued working at cross purposes.
He said: “It will be difficult for the opposition, difficult for the government and not beneficial to anyone.”
Mr. Ruto was speaking at Chemase secondary school where handed over a school bus and fundraised for Chemase SDA church in Tinderet constituency of Nandi County. He gave shs. 1 million.
Noting everyone should play their roles accordingly, Mr. Ruto said those in government should be given their rightful role to deliver on the election promises in the jubilee manifesto while the opposition should also play their role responsibly.
Mr. Ruto took a jibe at the opposition for threatening to make the country ungovernable saying it was more beneficial to stay united as one indivisible country than to be divided along political, religious and tribal lines.
Once again , Mr. Ruto condemned cattle rustling and cross border raids among communities living in the border areas of Nandi and Kisumu counties saying cattle rustling is a retrogressive and outdated practice that should not be condoned at this point in time.
He said: “It is unfortunate that when people are talking about stock exchange you are talking about stock thefts,” and added, “people are competing in education and other economic development matters not archaic practices like stock thefts.”
Senator Charles Keter of Kericho said they supported the government’s move to release certificates to past students who were unable to collect them on account of owing huge sums of money in school fees.
Senator Kipchumba Murkomen from Elgeyo Marakwet said the senate is sponsoring a bill that will ensure 60% of the county money goes to development while the rest goes to recurrent.
He at the same time said CORD leaders were not qualified to criticized the government noting when their leaders held responsible positions in past governments they did nothing to address the issues they are accusing the government of ignoring.
He accused CORD leaders of playing politics with matters of security noting that they should not harp on the security challenges facing the country to probe up their waning political fortunes.
The MP for Aldai Cornel Serem hit out that CORD leaders for faulting the constitution by seeking to disband the IEBC without following the laid down procedure yet they endorsed it. He wondered what quality of leaders they were for supporting the constitution when it suited them and reneged when it did not.
The same sentiments were echoed by the MP for Kapseret Oscar Sudi , his counterparts from Endebbes Dr. Robert Bukose , Busienei from Turbo, Richard Tongi from Nyaribari Chache, Sakwa Bunyasi from Nambale, Stephen Bittok from Mosop and Njoroge Baiya from Githunguri who said Kenyans had elected their government and would like to see it serve its full term.
They criticized CORD for concentrating in inciting people to violence and whipping up tribal emotions among communities when Kenyans were keen on developing the country adding that that Kenyans could no longer accept to be led astray by self-seekers.