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Monday, 13 June 2011

Mutula Chides MPs The Anchor May-June 2011

Mutula chides MPs
seeking new posts

Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo has taken issue with those running around campaigning for Senate and Governor seats.“Those in a hurry to announce they wanted to be Senators and Governors should firs help the country to develop the necessary laws to implement the new constitution”, he advised.

The minister said the electorate needed to be taken through the electoral process for them to understand what their Governors and Senators ought to be like. Mutula emphasized that good governance at all levels is the key to tangible development and urged Kenyans to go for leaders with vision and  integrity.

 He was speaking at Maanzoni lodge in Kathiani constituency during a meeting for professionals from the Makueni County under Makueni County Development Forum banner.

Mutula has been critical of MPs running around seeking senatorial and governorship, saying that they were either ignorant or unaware of what the constitution seeks of the new positions.

Why he has taken the stance remains unknown even as he has declined to state if he is interested in any of the positions in Makueni County. His colleagues- Kangundo MP Johnson Muthama, Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti, Kaiti MP Gedion Ndambuki and Kilome MP John Harun Mwau have declared their interest in either the senator’s of Governor’s posts in their respective counties.

Mutula announced his ministry  is set to role a out a national civic education programme to educate Kenyans on the new constitution.

The minister said the cabinet has approved a budget for the countrywide programme and the same has been given a node by parliament.

He said the civic  education would enable Kenyans understand the contents of the new constitution document and their relation to it.

He encouraged Kenyans to take full charge of the implementation of the new laws adding “Public participation helps in promoting ownership”.

Mutula took the participants through the chapter on devolved government and suggested that CDF funding be retained  as it has revolutionized development. The group through their chairman Stephen Nzonzi said the Forum seeks to mobilize people, ideas and resources to fast track development in the light of the new constitution.

Nzonzi said the Forum would strive to enhance the capacity of all for competent, transparent and accountable governance and leadership at various levels of the county.

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