Former Nacada chairman John Mututho has picked 26-years-old Maureen Chebet as his running mate for the Nakuru governor race as they seek Jubilee Party’s ticket for the August poll.
He at the same time said he is ready to form a coalition with other governor aspirants to ensure that the current administration by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is sent home at nomination level.
“I am ready to unite with anyone whom we are like-minded to ensure that residents of Nakuru county realise the fruits of devolution. Any aspirant ready to push forward my agenda for Nakuru is welcome to my camp,” he said.
He dismissed Mbugua’s administration for failing to deliver development projects of equivalent value to the amount of money allocated to the county by the national government.
“Nakuru has received billions of shillings in the past four years but Governor Mbugua has not done substantial development. Residents of Nakuru should be shown value for their money,” added Mututho.
Meanwhile, Mututho has blamed the opposition for Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed’s botched bid for the chairmanship of the Africa Union Commission (AUC).
Speaking to the press in Nakuru yesterday, the former Naivasha MP who is currently eyeing Nakuru gubernatorial seat said that “bad local politics” were to blame for the failure of Ambassador Mohammed to clinch the seat.
According to him, senior politicians in the opposition fought her from the moment she announced her candidature saying this might have sent a bad impression to Kenya’s friends abroad.
“Her campaigns were trailed with a lot of hate and negativity in the country. Simply because she is a woman, many dismissed her efforts,” said Mututho.
According to him, most leaders saw that her bid was made preferentially by top government leaders and not based on her capability which translated to a bad image to the international community.
“I believed in her capacity to deliver as the AU chair. She is a strong lady and this is evident even in the way she speaks and presents herself in the current office she holds,” he said.
Mututho also called on the media to be rational in their reporting to ensure they market the country positively and break the negative perception that has been created by a section of the leaders.
“The media plays a great role in building an individual’s personality. Likewise it is capable of reducing them to nothing in a flash a second,” Mututho added.
He lashed at a number of reports aired by the media portraying the nation as a corrupt country whose leaders cannot be trusted thereby reducing Amina’s chances to win the race.