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Mutua dumps Wiper, revs up Chap Chap engine

Mike Ratemo

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Thursday evening formally ditched Wiper Democratic Party to officially launch his Maendeleo Chap Chap outfit which will be his election vehicle in the 2017 poll.

Addressing hundreds of delegates drawn from the 47 counties at the Bomas of Kenya, Mutua said the movement’s main agenda is to accelerate development at the grassroots and tackle problems have that stifled the country’s development for decades. “Maendeleo Chap Chap is a paradigm for speeding people-centred projects,” he said.

The Machakos governor, who was accompanied by his wife, paraded some four peasants from Ukambani with some old jerrycans to narrate to the gathering how his development revolution has resolved some of the problems including the kilometres they have been travelling to get drinking water.

They thanked Mutua for providing them with piped water and saving them from the long distances they had cover to fetch “dirty water for drinking” from the few available wells.

The MCC leader said Kenya lags behind in development because of what he termed “four evils of development”—lethargy, outdated bureaucracy, corruption and politics of poverty. “We are poor not because we lack resources and ability. No! We are poor despite our resources and abilities,” he said.

“A cancer called corruption is ruining us. The money and resources we collect can make us develop and rich country. I hate corruption and I hate thieves.” Mutua said he did not invite politicians because the event was purely meant for “common wanachi”. “We have deliberately not invited politicians.

This is because Maendeleo Chap Chap is a movement of the common mwananchi,” he said. He,however, said he will is planning a meeting with elected leaders to make “a major announcement”.

Earlier, Mutua had ordered journalists kicked out of the Bomas, the venue of Maendeleo Chap Chap launch, but he later apologised to them. He said President Uhuru Kenyatta does not condone corruption but some people in his government are stealing taxpayers’ money.

Mutua, who has been at loggerheads with Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, has been leading a group of politicians keen to diminish Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s dominant voice in Ukambani politics, accusing the Wiper leadership of propagating politics of poverty laced with hate speech to the detriment of the region’s development.

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