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Boost for Raila as Mutua, Ngilu and Kibwana back his presidential bid

Boost for Raila as Mutua, Ngilu and Kibwana back his presidential bid

By James Musyoka

ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid got a big boost after three Ukambani governors (pictured above) and over 5,000 leaders from the region resolved to support him in the August 9 General Election.

The three governors, Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Kaluki Ngilu (Kitui) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) said they will back the ODM leader for presidency.

They vowed to mobilize the Kamba community to vote 100 per cent for Raila’s Azimio La Umoja Movement.

The three have held several consultative meetings to come up with a comprehensive campaign strategy to ensure the region is fully represented in the next government.

“We are happy to announce that we now have a clear road map informed by reality on the ground and scientific interventions,” said the governors.

According to the governors, they identified Azimio la Umoja as most reliable vehicle for bringing people together for shared prosperity to all Kenyans.

“Their manifesto is geared towards this aspiration and we as the Kamba Nation Professionals and leaders identify with it,” they said.

The three said the Kamba community must be in the next Government having been in the cold for the last 10 years.

“During the last 10 years, the Kamba nation has not been adequately represented in the national government. As a result, we have missed out of critical development projects from the national government. This has slowed down efforts to fight poverty,” said the leaders.

“For this reason, we have come together as professionals and leaders to urge all our political leaders to come together, take a common political position.”

The governors and the business community noted that there was an urgent need to radically shift from the politics of seeking for positions for individuals to a new politic of seeking development and shared and also the need to end the politics of negative competition and grand standing among leaders of the region and embrace teamwork and unity of purpose among the Kamba nation in National Agenda and Politics at National Level.

During the meeting, they also resolved to work in concert with other communities and leaders in Kenya for the purpose of unity, development and shared prosperity.

“As professionals and leaders, we commit to engage the ODM leader and the national Azimio leadership to have our development blue print factored in the campaign manifesto and subsequent government plans and budgets to assure implementation,” they remarked.

They appealed to other likeminded leaders to come up with a blue print for implementation to rally support for Azimio la Umoja.

The leaders have lined up several activities from 14th February to Wednesday 16th February in Makueni then Machakos and Kitui to drum up support for Azimio la Umoja. 

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