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Leaders in Gusii urged to support Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Matiang’i

Gusii  leaders have been urged to stop backstabbing Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i  and instead rally behind him ahead of the 2022 general elections.

Speaking  in Tindereti Primary School on Monday during a funds drive to boost schools’ infrastructure, the Machakos  County  Governor, Dr. Alfred  Mutua  wondered why Gusii  leaders allow themselves to be used to taint Matiang’i’s image by dragging him into petty scandals.

Governor Mutua asked the leaders to support Dr. Matiang’i, saying he had shown capability in transforming the country through the changes he has made in all government portfolios he has been in charge since 2013.

“Your  son Matiang’i has proved to Kenyans that he can be a good leader in all the ministries he has held before and I  wonder  why  Gusii  leaders  are being used by some egocentric individuals to backstab him, I can confidently state that the CS is ripe to take up the mantle and all he needs is support from the grassroots,” said Mutua.

Dr. Mutua  who led other leaders from the region, including  Nyamira County Governor, John  Nyangarama in a funds drive to build a dining hall for Tindereti primary school hinted at a possibility to form an alliance with Dr. Matiang’i in forming the next government in 2022.

He  said Kenya needed visionary leaders who have a clean track record and who have the plight of Kenyans at heart.

“I  wish to form an alliance with the Abagusii so that we can transform our country. It’s time Kenya got visionary leaders  who  have a development track record to make our country habitable for the coming generations,” Dr. Mutua added.

The  Machakos  Governor  has declared his interest to run for the country’s top seat come 2022 and is seen to have the  mandate of the Kamba community which has for a long time been dominated by the Wiper Party leader, Kalonzo Musyoka.

On  the  other hand, Dr. Matiang’i has not publicly declared an interest to vie for president but he is viewed as President  Uhuru Kenyatta’s choice to succeed him after his term expires in 2022 because of the responsibilities he has  accorded him.

President  Kenyatta’s decision to appoint, Dr. Matiang’i as the ‘chief’ CS has caused jitters amongst a section of politicians in the country who claim the appointment undermines the Deputy President’s role and, in a way, interferes with his 2022 plan to succeed President Kenyatta.

Over  Sh.1.7 million  was raised at the funds drive.

By  Deborah Bochere/Dan Nyamanga

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