Dr. Alfred Nganga Mutua was sworn in on Thursday to start a fresh five-year term as the governor of Machakos County.
The oath of office was administered on Dr. Mutua by the Machakos Resident Judge Lady Justice Lillian Mutende, assisted by a court official, Mr. Alfred Kibiru at a ceremony held at Kenyatta stadium, Machakos town.
Also sworn in at the ceremony was Mutua’s deputy, Eng. Francis Maliti.
Dr. Mutua, who was the incumbent, retained his seat after garnering 248,670 votes against his closest rival former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti, who got 208,034. Jeremiah Muia came third with 6,521 votes.
Several dignitaries led by Health Cabinet secretary Cleophas Mailu, ICT PS Victor Kyallo, Finance Secretary Mutua Kilaka and the Kenya Film Censorship Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua, as well as hundreds of the governor’s supporters thronged the stadium to witness the colourful event.
Others were newly-elected Machakos Senator Dr. Boniface Kabaka, Women Reps. Joyce Kamene (Machakos) and Rehema Hassan (Tana River).
Also in attendance were MPs-elect Charles Kilonzo (Yatta), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala) Fabian Kyule (Kangundo) and MP elect Stanley Muthama (Lamu West), and local County Commissioner Matilda Sakwa.
Addressing the jubilant crowd after taking the oath and possession of the symbols of the county government, an elated Dr. Mutua assured Machakos residents that he will deliver all the pledges he had made to them.
He singled out provision of water, creation of youth employment, energy and infrastructure as some of his Key priority programs.
He said he will look for funding from Dubai, Japan and other places to initiate such programs.
We will even buy our own transformers so that we do away with shortage of power, he added.
The Governor said he will form partnerships with other governments and NGOs to bring about innovative development programs in Machakos.
The flamboyant governor, who was accompanied by his wife Lillian Nganga, sounded a warning to corrupt officials in his government.
He said he would soon reconstitute his government, but will leave out all those who were associated with graft during his first tenure.
My new government will be run strictly on integrity. Those who know they are corrupt don’t wait to be shown the door. Please start packing early, he warned, adding that he will not tolerate people who steal from the poor.
Dr. Mutua once more extended an olive branch to Ndeti, terming her as a good person who was being used by the forces of sycophancy to uproot him.
He said Ndeti was used in a complicated political game to derail him.
He quipped; This competition was not between me and Wavinya, it was between me and Kalonzo Musyoka, and God has made his choice, adding that, Wavinya Ndeti is a leader in her own right and needs to be respected.
We know that she was a pawn in larger game of chess. She is still my sister and I want to tell her: come and let’s work together. Here there are many job opportunities, come and we will give you a job, he continued.
He pointed out that he was aware that the former Kathiani legislator, who has already vowed to challenge his victory in court, has children and family who need her support.
Dr. Mutua equated his victory to the triumph of the progressive over the retrogressive brand of politics in Kenya.
This was not an easy contest. It was a competition between real development, real liberation and the dark forces of sycophancy and politics of poverty that has made Africa the laughing stock of the rest of the world, he said.
He recounted how his political enemies fought him during the first tenure saying that they hated him because of his development agenda.
Speaking in Kiswahili, he said walitaka kuning’oa si kwa sababu niliwatukana au niliwadharua au kwa sababu nilifanya umbaya, lakini eti kwa sababu nimeleta maendeleo ambayo hayaja onekana katika nchi ya kenya (they wanted to uproot me not because I insulted them, but because I was initiating development programs which had not been seen before in Kenya).
He said that when he tried to start a new city, he was taken to the court.
Dr. Mutua thanked all those who helped him during the campaigns, saying that some Kenyans from different counties like Bungoma, Kitui and Nairobi chose to register as voters in Machakos County in order to vote for him during the elections.
Source: Kenya News Agency