Two Murang’a legislators have implored leaders from Central Kenya to shun premature campaigns and support President Uhuru Kenyatta to achieve his development agenda.
Members of Parliament (MP’s), Peter Kimari of Mathioya and his Kigumo counterpart, Ruth Mwaniki, speaking separately claimed that the political temperatures currently witnessed in the region my derail implementation of development.
Kimari cautioned that some individuals from outside the region want to see people from Mount Kenya area divided before the 2022 General Elections.
Speaking on Saturday at Kiriaini Secondary School, the MP said it was a shame to see some leaders claiming the region has been sidelined by the current regime in terms of development.
“In every constituency in this region there are some projects which the government is implementing and it’s incredible to hear some of us accusing the government for not implementing development in the region,” stated Kimari when he met stakeholders from his Constituency to plan projects, the local NG-CDF will implement in the year 2020.
He observed that for the past two years, his Constituency has benefited a lot from the Jubilee Administration in terms of roads, water and electricity projects.
“When I took over in 2017, power connection in Mathioya Sub-county stood at 30 percent but currently electricity connections at households is at about 68 percent,” said Kimari.
On water, he said three projects are already being implemented to ensure the area attains universal water connections before year 2022.
“My appeal is to ask all leaders from this region to come together and focus on development and avoid this unnecessary politics which has turned the region into a laughing stock by other regions.
“When time to discuss about the next government, will come, we will all sit and deliberate on a decision to take, as Central region must be in the next government,” remarked the lawmaker.
Speaking in her constituency on Saturday, Mwaniki, vowed to continue supporting the President, saying her area has benefited a lot from his Administration.
She wondered why some leaders have come up to rebel against the government instead of supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta to attain more developments.
“Premature campaigns for 2022 should be avoided as there is almost three years to come. I will never engage in politics which will not help my people,” noted Mwaniki.
The sentiments by the two legislators comes on the backdrop of grumbling by a section of leaders, especially those allied to the tanga tanga faction who are accusing the President for what they term ‘economic stagnation’.
Recently Kandara MP, Alice Wahome, claimed that the Jubilee government led by President Kenyatta has occasioned poor economic growth, a shrinking of democratic space among other social challenges facing Kenyans.
Wahome is the Chairperson of Inua mama faction of women legislators who are supporting Deputy President William Ruto.
Increased political grandstanding in the Central region is seen as a way to create divisions among the residents before 2022 General Elections.
By Bernard Munyao