Elect leaders with impeccable track record: Mudavadi
Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi yesterday toured Deputy President William Ruto’s Uasin-Gishu backyard, where he urged Kenyans to elect people with proven track record.
Mudavadi, who attended a church service at St Jude Catholic Church in Uasin- Gishu County, faulted some leaders for engaging in empty political rhetoric instead of addressing pertinent issues affecting
“Let’s engage on issue-based conversations. People should be held accountable for what they say. Kenyans should elect people who can stand for the truth and dedicate their time to serve Kenyans and their challenges,” said Mudavadi.
He said the country is grappling with a huge public debt, which is translating into excessive taxation of ordinary Kenyans.
“Why do you think the price of petrol, paraffin and other basic commodities keep going up? It is because the Jubilee government is desperate and is looking for a quick source of money,” he said.
“The level of unemployment in this country is worrying. Let’s give a clear road map and have people who can address the issue,” the ANC boss said.
The former Vice-President and one time Finance Minister said that the ANC has a clear development agenda for the country, even as he assured North Rift farmers that his administration will address their plight, including better prices for their produce.
On the inclusion of Chief Justice Martha Koome in the newly formed multi-agency forum tasked to guide electoral stakeholders on the road map leading to the 2022 General Election, Mudavadi said he has
no problem with the move.
“We have no problem with the move, so long as the independence of those institutions are not undermined. We want free and fair elections and independent institutions should be given room to carry
out their mandate.
"The Judiciary and IEBC should be given their space without any interference,” Mudavadi said.
“No arm of the government should be used to arm-twist the will of Kenyans,” Mudavadi said.
The multi-agency forum comprises the Judiciary, Ministries of Interior and ICT, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Communications Authority of Kenya and the National Cohesion and Integrated Commission
School buses Mudavadi rubbished claims that some of his allies have been visiting Ruto and want to coerce him to join UDA ahead of the General Election.
He at the same time raised concern over the use of school buses by politicians to ferry supporters to their rallies.
Castigating the trend that has now become a norm in schools, Mudavadi said the move is against the Ministry of Education directive that requires the buses to be only used by learners for school activities.
The ANC leader wondered what would happen should those buses be involved in accidents while ferrying non-learners.
The 2022 presidential candidate told school principals to desist from hiring out the buses for political events and any other non-learning related activities.
“Another thing schools should take note of before hiring out buses to politicians is the issue of insurance.
In case of injuries, will the insurance companies cover the cost to the victims who are not students or authorised to board them?” he said.
Mudavadi called on the Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to pick up the matter with schools.