The One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta’s support base to rally behind them, noting that, with one of them in State House, the interests of Mt. Kenya will be in safe hands.
One after another, the leaders in the alliance, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (KANU), and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) told their host, Mt Kenya Foundation, that they have what it takes to maintain peace and unity while leading the country to greater prosperity.
“At OKA, our vision is simple. An all-inclusive nation where no one is left behind,” Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka said
The former Vice President (2008-2013) indicated that he understands what the people from Mt Kenya want is to be given an opportunity.
“Instead of looking down on the mountain, we should say we all want to be like Peter Munga – the wealth generators.” He said
Having served under President Mwai Kibaki, Kalonzo noted that he was instrumental in the development and progress that was achieved during the tenure of the country’s third president.
“Please when you are giving credit to Mzee Kibaki, would you spare me just a 20 percent; because you all know how closely I worked with Mzee Kibaki.” He told the luncheon at Safari park hotel.
While making a case for people of Central Kenya to trust him, Kalonzo went on to disclosed that he was the was me who convinced Mzee Kibaki to appoint Uhuru Kenyatta as the Deputy Prime Minister during the Grand coalition government of 2008-2013.
Kalonzo further revisiting how he stood with Kibaki during one of Kenya’s most tumultuous moments, to save his Presidency.
“I stood in the gap in 2008. Had I not done so, this country would probably be worst than Somalia.” He said
His ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi, in the meantime, challenged the electorate from Mt. Kenya and Kenyans at large to reflect on the leaders they want to put in power and examine whom among them can be trusted with the country’s leadership.
He says Kenyans deserve a leader who respects the rule of law and has the lives of every Kenyan at heart.
“Citizens feel excluded and frustrated by lack of opportunities to thrive and the inability to meet their basic needs. The economy is a big challenge. I call upon the Mt Kenya Community and Kenyans at large we rally together to fix the economy.” He said
“We need to work hard and pull together. We don’t want a hustling nation. We want a thriving nation.” He added.
KANU’s Gideon Moi said Kenyans must be united to defeat what he termed as issues that are holding the country back from realizing meaningful development.
“We are at a point in this country where we must solidify our social fabrics to accelerate shared prosperity while guarding our nation against forces hellbent on pushing us in the path of destruction.” The Baringo senator said
“Embrace us, come we engage and as we engage, know we have been tested, tried, we have been proven and we can deliver,” added Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya