A retired army general has joined the race for Makueni's county governor seat promising a complete overhaul of leadership. Lieutenant General Jones Mutwii blames the underdevelopment in the area on bad leadership.
Speaking in Wote town on sunday, Mutwii said residents of Makueni must begin to demand better services from their leaders by voting wisely during 2012 general election. “For the last 49 years Makueni has nothing to show in terms of development and locals need to stand up and demand change by scrutinizing all the aspirants who have shown interest in various seats in the area before voting them in to ensure progress in the county”, he said.
Mutwii says Makueni lacks visionary leaders who could harness the natural resources that exist in the area to transform the people’s lives. He said choice of leaders has led to poor infrastructure, low educational standards and insufficient health facilities in the county. Mutwii said the foundation of any county will depend on the kind of leadership elected to run the affairs of the area. “Unless the locals overhaul the current leadership in Makueni and inject in a new crop of leaders who are development conscious, good roads, high education standards and improved medical care will remain a mirage”, he said.
Other aspirants who have declared interest include Kibwezi MP Phillip Kaloki, former Makueni MP and Advisor to President Kibaki Professor Kivutha Kibwana, former PC Wilfred Ndolo, former Makueni MP Peter Maundu and businessman Mutua Syomwenzwa.