The previous few days have seen Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua unleash quick video clips in at the very least 10 vernacular languages asking Kenyans to shun ethnic-driven politics and open a brand new chapter within the nation’s politics. Whereas he makes use of an autocue to do that, many Kenyans are mesmerised at his capacity to talk their languages, virtually flawlessly.
The governor, who twice defied a wave led by the regional supremo Kalonzo Musyoka to win the Machakos seat has his eyes skilled on turning into the nation’s subsequent chief government.
Saying he’s his personal man within the journey, the governor accuses President Uhuru Kenyatta of utilizing outdated Kanu maps in his try to guide the nation to new growth frontiers.
He says Kenyans deserve higher than what they’ve acquired to date, and except they modify how they select their nationwide leaders, they are going to all the time get a uncooked deal.
Dr Mutua declared: “I’m at that age when leaders take over nationwide management everywhere in the world. I’m within the age of the likes of JF Kennedy, Barack Obama and Margaret Thatcher once they took over energy. Nice leaders like Julius Caesar, Alexander the Nice and Napoleon Bonaparte took over the mantle of management at my age, of their 40s and early 50s and never of their 60s, 70s or 80s.”
The second-term governor spoke on the Maendeleo Chap Chap workplaces in Kileleshwa, Nairobi.
Why are you speaking in 10 languages?
One of many individuals who have influenced my politics is democracy icon Nelson Mandela. In his e book Lengthy Stroll to Freedom, he says, ‘When you speak to a person in a language he understands, that goes to his head. When you speak to him in his language, that goes to his coronary heart.’ I selected this fashion so I can straight inform Kenyans that the problems I got down to tackle are severe issues. By the way in which, I’ve mentioned these items earlier than however after selecting to talk in numerous vernaculars, Kenyans are actually listening to me. I plan to talk in 10 extra languages.
Equally, I wished to point out Kenyans that it doesn’t matter the place I used to be born. We’re all the identical, fighting the identical points day by day. I could also be a Kamba however I can converse Ekegusii, Somali, Luo, Luhya or Agikuyu. The perpetuation of tribal blocs is a really primitive and regressive political system. All it does is help the elite and entrench colonial imperialism. It’s the colonial powers who gave us tribalism. No one chooses to be born in a big or small tribe.
What’s your weapon in opposition to tribal alliances which have all the time carried the day?
I’ll goal the biggest group of Kenyans, the poor and the struggling, who deserve higher. Poverty doesn’t know tribe. As others will probably be going for his or her tribal blocs, I’ll be going for ladies, youth and males who need extra money of their pockets.
Within the meantime, I need to run a marketing campaign to make individuals shun the slavery that’s tribalism. It’s a disgrace that persons are invited to a desk to debate sharing of the nation’s sources not primarily based on the concepts and imaginative and prescient they carry to alter Kenya for the higher, however on which tribes they signify. Myopic! You find yourself with chiefs and head chiefs as rulers of the nation, not essentially those that are competent.
Is the nation prepared for that drastic shift for the reason that youth are as tribal as their elders?
The shift will solely come when a few of us stick out our necks and present the those that that is the way in which to go. Because the largest inhabitants of this nation are the youth who should not but poisoned by the tribal chiefs, it’s simple to do it. Kenyans should rethink how they select their leaders if they need significant change.
Is Chap Chap a part of ‘UhuRaila’ and what’s in it for you?
Chap Chap is impartial. We’ve got refused to be drawn into any coalition. We help the Handshake due to the steadiness it dropped at the nation however we’re an impartial get together that’s going to face by itself. And if we should get into any coalition with anybody, it is going to be one which spearheads financial revival for our nation.
You had been as soon as a detailed ally of the President. We now not see you that includes in his energy matrix and Handshake politics, what went incorrect?
The President stays an excellent pal of mine. However he has his politics to do, I’ve mine. His matrix of energy follows the trodden path, mine is totally different.
Would you be part of the Uhuru camp in Jubilee if approached?
I’m hoping they don’t method me. I need to focus alone sport.
Don’t you assume your journey to energy could be shorter with out Mr Kenyatta’s help?
What is going on in the mean time is nothing however a chapter within the Kanu rule e book. All of the individuals in that matrix are Kanu individuals. When you take a look at Mr Kenyatta, you see chairman of Kanu, you take a look at William Ruto you see YK92 and in a while secretary-general.
Raila was additionally in Kanu, even turning into the secretary-general. Kalonzo Musyoka was Kanu damu (ardent Kanu supporter) all by. So was Musalia Mudavadi. Gideon Moi was and stays Kanu. I’m not of their equation since I’ve by no means been in Kanu.
It’s Kanu that has introduced us the place we’re, 60 years after independence with huge unemployment. It’s time for change. Kanu is outdated and drained now, Kanu the motive force has failing eyesight with drained bones. They don’t have any new imaginative and prescient, no new concepts. A brand new common should take over now. We thank them for bringing us this far.
Are you saying Mr Kenyatta has failed?
I’m not saying the present leaders haven’t tried, sure they’ve however the query is, is that this the place we’re presupposed to be, the reply is not any. We should get artistic methods of rising the economic system as an alternative of making an attempt to do that by taxing the poor.
Do you assume you stand an opportunity in an enviornment that has been dominated by bigwigs and family names since independence?
I will probably be on the poll and I’m on this to win. I grew up in poverty and so I’m not going to waste my cash. I exploit science, I imagine in projections and calculations and so that you can see me declaring my intention to run, I’ve achieved my arithmetic. I’ve the acumen, the organisational ability, friend-raising capacity, fundraising capacity to construct a formidable warfare chest and the communication expertise to persuade Kenyans. I’ve a monitor file. And the nation is prepared. After I ran in 2013 in Machakos, some dismissed me as standing no likelihood of profitable. The identical was mentioned in 2017 once I sought re-election however right here we’re. So I prefer it once they dismiss me as a result of it means I can take them abruptly.
Some really feel all you’re doing is to boost the stakes, so that you may be invited to the negotiating desk by the massive boys. Is a coalition with different gamers on the playing cards?
I’m not doing this so I may be given a small place. I’m on this as a result of I imagine I’m higher positioned to run this nation for the sake of the individuals. I’ll go the entire method. The truth is, I can’t win the presidency with out bringing like-minded leaders on board, with whom we’re quietly engaged on this challenge.
There have been different out-of-the-system candidates like Prof James Ole Kiyiapi and Peter Kenneth. How totally different are you from this crop of contenders?
I’m charting a brand new method that they didn’t. I’m beginning a revolution. They could have simply stood assuming individuals would really like them for the sake of it. Mine is a focused marketing campaign, not internet-based. It’s not nearly placing my identify on the poll. I do know, from speaking to individuals, that I’m ranked higher than a few of these veterans. I’ve a longtime get together, from scratch.
Do you might have the mettle to drag off nationwide campaigns?
I used to be the inaugural authorities spokesman. I used to be centrally concerned within the campaigns of President Mwai Kibaki and gained the requisite expertise.
You requested police to analyze DP Ruto for threatening your life. How has the case progressed? Some say you’re solely participating in theatrics.
It is a severe matter. I’ll be checking with the police to see how far they’ve gone with investigations. It was not a case of ‘kufinywa mkono (firmly squeezing the hand by the DP)’ however a menace to my life.
How do you price your efficiency as inaugural Machakos governor?
I’ve achieved effectively. I’ve been ranked a number of instances because the best-performing governor on this nation by totally different impartial our bodies. I may have achieved higher if there was much less politics and extra synergy. There’s a lot that I’ve not been achieved that I want I may have achieved however I’ve set methods, and I’ve achieved nice and wonderful issues for my individuals, particularly on infrastructure.
There are indications that Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is shifting base to Machakos in 2022. Does it complicate your succession matrix, if any?
I don’t care what Sonko does or doesn’t do. It’s his prerogative. However my recommendation to him is Machakos just isn’t Nairobi and at the very least you need to have the ability to converse the language to have the ability to speak to the villagers at instances.
The opposite downside is runaway corruption, how would you take care of it?
I’ve 3 ways of tackling this. I’m going to set a deadline of about six months to have all corruption instances decided by the courts. And one other three months in case of any appeals. Secondly, I might push for a legislation to have judicial officers, together with judges, who’re discovered responsible of receiving a bribe to serve a life sentence in jail. That method, the wealthy is not going to purchase ‘justice’. Thirdly, we are going to set what in Japan they name the worth fluctuation reserve system. We’ll, as an example, agree on the price of shopping for a glass or constructing a freeway, no contractor then can procure them above the utmost set costs.
It seems it’s impeachment season for governors. Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru simply survived one, with Ms Ngilu looking at one other, is there an issue with devolution?
There’s a whole lot of political interference within the working of counties by others who use MCAs to say their authority.