Machakos governor demands Uhuru reimburse his loyalty with cabinet positions

By ALLAN TAWAI

The Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC) party leader and Machakos governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has issued a set of demands to President Uhuru Kenyatta after he benefited from MCC in the 2017 elections.

Speaking on Saturday, January 13, during an MCC meeting, the county boss outlined a number of demands to the President, and key among them was members of his party being rewarded with top government jobs.

Machakos governor demands Uhuru reimburse his loyalty with cabinet positions
Machakos governor demands Uhuru reimburse his loyalty with cabinet positions

“As a party, we support the politics and government of President Uhuru Kenyatta but we’d like our participation in his government to be felt. We are going to ask very strongly that our participation is felt in terms of members of Parliament in committees, in county assembly the position that MCC members are given and also in appointment of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, permanent secretaries and other high officials in President Uhuru’s government,” read an excerpt from his speech. “We’ve stood by President Uhuru since the campaigns period to now but we don’t want to be taken for granted. We want our support to be acknowledged by action. We will ensure MCC members get their rights. We are going to put our foot down on this.”

Key to note is that President Uhuru Kenyatta is yet to name his entire cabinet for his second and final term in office.

Of the 19 ministers he had, he only retained 6.

According to prior reports, Mutua pledged his support to President Uhuru in April 2017, saying he would support Jubilee Party after choosing to remain neutral over whom between Uhuru and opposition leader Raila Odinga MCC would support in the August election.

Machakos Governor during campaign trails in the county
Machakos Governor during campaign trails in the county

The controversial governor was initially in Wiper Party, one of the affiliate parties of the opposition National Super Alliance but he left the party to form MCC, and vied on this party’s ticket for the Machakos gubernatorial seat. “For the sake of Ukambani people”, Mutua announced his support for the Jubilee Party because he believed Uhuru would bring development to the region.

His support came at a time President Uhuru was building his popularity in Ukambani to counter NASA co-leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s kingpin influence.

 

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