Prior to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour of Ukambani, there had been concerns that perhaps, there would be witnessed cases of verbal friendly fire and skirmishes between Ukambani leaders during the presidential tour. In fact, it had been rumoured that it was these differences that led to the president initially cancelling the Ukambani region tour before hastily putting it back on. This is despite claims from the president’s team that the cancellation was related to Corona.
Nevertheless, when the event finally came, Machakos governor Alfred Mutua, who had been most vocal, and presented fears of being troublesome during the event, surprisingly ended up being meek.
In an incredibly reconciliatory message, he emphasised on the need for unity among Kamba leaders, which is said to have been one of the sticking point that appeared to irk the president.
He wrote on his online profiles,
I thank the president, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta for visiting us, in the Ukambani region today.
As leaders, we are happy to see the progress of the national programs in Thwake Dam and the Konza City and look forward to their completion.
Opening our Machakos International Convention Center and our office is a great sign that devolution can work, and taking a cue from you when you opened the hospitals at night, it is evident that a 24 hour economy can work. The same can be applied when building our roads, buildings etc so as to spur quicker development.
True leadership is servant leadership for the people. It is important for leaders to resist outside forces that disrupt this important service to the people. It is vital to remain united to work for a common good.
our society is rife with youth unemployment, young mother’s and covid has strained matters even more. It is time to put politics aside, reject election fever this early and work for our people to spur development.