Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Sunday September 6 pledged “a new period of better leadership and life” during a Sunday speech that marked the launch of his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
Mutua, who is serving his second and final term as governor, declared he will “reboot” the country’s leadership as he seeks to capitalise on the public clamour for young leaders.
The 50-year-old politician is likely to face off with Deputy President William Ruto, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, all of whom have expressed intension to contest the presidency.
Mutua disclosed that his experience and understanding of the dynamics of governance and development makes him better suited to be president.
“I have agonised about the pain and the political circus going in our country. I have listened to the voices of Kenyans who have met me and prayed to God for a way to bring back hope,” Mutua disclosed in his closed-door passionate speech in Mavoko, Machakos County.
“Kenya needs a young, dynamic, innovative but mature leader. A person who understands the system but is not a captive of the system.”
Mutua rallied the youth to support his presidential bid and not be spectators as their lives were ruined.
“Why is it that youth your age in countries with fewer resources than Kenya, are driving cars, having a good life, while you here in Kenya are broke and jobless as some people steal your money and livelihood? “
If elected, he promised to create five million jobs in the first three years in office and overhaul the education system to “produce young and dynamic citizens who will find jobs waiting for them.”
To understand the extent of such a fete, one needs to look at the 2020 Economic Survey that revealed Kenya created 843,000 new jobs in 2019. This was an increase by 3,000 to the new jobs in 2018.
As the President of Kenya, I will create 5 million jobs in the first three years.— Dr. Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) September 6, 2020
I will build roads and highways in every constituency and maintain new ones to create an environment for growth. pic.twitter.com/WwHUvA9Whq
It will however not be a mean fete to create an average 1.6 million jobs a year with the Kenya and the world at large still reeling from the shock of the coronavirus recession, but Governor Mutua’s declaration displayed how ready he is to handle a demanding task.
“I will build roads and highways in every constituency and maintain new ones to create an environment for growth,” said Mutua.
“We will roll back poverty and restore dignity to all regardless of where you were born or your social or political dispensation.” he added.