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Monday, April 24, 2017

Foolish Kenyans to blame for electing thieves - activist

Controversial activist and Ukweli Party leader  Boniface Mwangi with the party's secretary general Nduko O'matigere and Organising Secretary Ndemange Mutuku addressing media in Nairobi on March 20, 2017./ JOSEPH NDUNDA
Controversial activist and Ukweli Party leader Boniface Mwangi with the party's secretary general Nduko O'matigere and Organising Secretary Ndemange Mutuku addressing media in Nairobi on March 20, 2017./ JOSEPH NDUNDA

Activist Boniface Mwangi yesterday said “foolish” Kenyan voters elected thugs and irredeemably corrupt leaders into the highest public offices.

Kenyans have themselves to blame for the corruption and embezzlement of public funds in the counties and in the national government for voting along tribal lines, party affiliation, and auctioning their votes to the highest bidder, he said.

“We are saying those known thieves, rapists and drug dealers are elected by the citizens. The power belongs to the citizens who complain of bad leadership,” Mwangi said.

“We must stop electing thugs. Because the thugs we are electing are mortgaging our future every single day. It is the people who elect these thugs and one of the biggest complaints is that we don’t have good leaders to elect, we don’t have options.”

The activist faulted the government for using the police clearance certificate as a suitability test for aspirants, instead of Chapter Six of the Constitution.

He said anyone who has been charged with corruption, hate speech and other crimes should not run for election.

Mwangi said Kenyans must start voting wisely because their votes decide the quality of leadership every five years.

“Go back to your village and town and elect the right people as MCAs and MPs. Let those people you elect declare their wealth, talk about their past so that you know what they have done because we must stop electing thugs in our country,” he said.

Mwangi spoke during the launch of his bid for Starehe MP. He will run on the Ukweli Party ticket.

He joins about a dozen aspirants seeking to unseat incumbent Maina Kamanda, who has held the seat for 14 years, only interrupted once by Margaret Wanjiru, between 2008-2013.


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