Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Murang’a Member of Parliament, Sabina Chege, say the Mount Kenya region will not settle for anything short of the running mate slot in the upcoming Presidential poll.
The two leaders say the region’s commitment to Azimio La Umoja’s bid for Raila Odinga’s Presidency in the August polls cannot be taken for granted by a few selfish individuals, who are already ingratiating themselves with the Orange Democratic Movement Leader.
They spoke at Kiamaina Primary School during a graduation ceremony of 300 youths sponsored by the Irene Njoki Foundation for short vocational courses at various Technical Education and Vocational Training institutions in the area.
Kinyanjui accused a cabal sabotaging the region’s bid to be part of the next government.
Kinyanjui suggested that Odinga`s running mate be picked from any County in the Mount Kenya Region to enable the vote-rich area to have a seat at the national table after the August 9th poll.
He argued that it is only by being part of the next government that the region will be able to make up for a lost decade in the effort to alleviate untold suffering among small holder farmers who he says are the backbone of the Mount Kenya economy.
However, the Governor urged the electorate in the region to vote for the Azimio La Umoja`s Presidential candidate saying it is only with Raila`s government that some of the economic hardships bedeviling the region can be addressed.
Kinyanjui challenged aspirants for various elective posts in the area to fashion themselves as ambassadors of empowerment by reaching out to vulnerable members of society instead of making conditional promises in anticipation for their votes.
His sentiments were heartily echoed by Chege who accused some operatives in the current government of sabotaging President Uhuru`s development agenda in the region whose economic mainstay is Agriculture.
The legislator appealed to voters to choose leaders wisely, leaders she said ,have interests of the commonweal at heart rather than individuals keen on hurling insults at their critics and stoking hatred among Kenyans.
The two leaders who emphasized the need for tolerance called for peaceful campaigns during the party primaries that are expected to be conducted in the next two weeks.
On her part, Bahati Parliamentary seat contestant Irene Njoki commended political aspirants who were doubling up as peace advocates saying sound leaders must reflect ethos of an ideal democracy in their activities.
She donated business start up kits to the 300 beneficiaries of her empowerment cause which targets jobless youths and women.