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January 16, 2019

Give us Cabinet slots for supporting you, Mutua tells Uhuru

Machakos governor Alfred Mutua. /FILE
Machakos governor Alfred Mutua. /FILE

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua now wants his Maendeleo Chapchap party to be allocated key positions in Jubilee's Cabinet.

He said it will be a good move to show gratitude for the support the party offered to Jubilee during the campaigns and elections.

Mutua wants President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto to reserve positions for his party members in the Cabinet and Parastatals.

"We are going to ask very strongly that our participation is felt in terms of members of parliament in committees, in county assembly and also in appointment of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, permanent secretaries and other high officials," he said.

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Mutua spoke on Saturday while addressing the media after meeting the Party's executive council and other party leaders in Lavington, Nairobi. 

He said the party leadership will embark on a nationwide campaign to popularize the party as well as share its ideals that focus on servant leadership.

"Key on the agenda is a stock take of the last general elections, a review of the the legal regime for political funding, a formulation of a work plan for our activities for 2017-2022 and my 2022 Presidential bid," Mutua stated.

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He further called on the President to deal decisively with corruption to cement his legacy during his final term.

The county chief said corruption and embezzlement of public funds are the biggest challenges the Jubilee administration faces.

“We are aware that President Uhuru Kenyatta was a man under siege in his first term. He was under siege because when you are running for re-election you have to do something we call a balancing act.

"We feel that he may not have been able to hit hard on the agents of corruption because of political considerations," Mutua said.

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