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Coast region backs my presidential bid – Dr. Kituyi

[Presidential aspirant Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Presidential aspirant Mukhisa Kituyi says the capacity and the will to combat corruption and a good record on governance should be the yardstick to sieve those aspiring to lead the country in the 2022 general elections.

Dr. Kituyi who completed his weeklong grassroots campaign of the Coast region said presidential aspirants must clear their names of corruption and campaign on the basis of their records of performance and not empty rhetoric. 

He said the fight against corruption must be a top-bottom approach and hence the need to vote for leaders with an integrity track record.

“Dabbling in corruption must be made costly in this country. The fight against corruption must be a top-bottom approach. We need leaders who meet the provisions of Chapter six of the constitution on leadership and integrity,” he said.

He said presidential aspirants should be elected on the basis of what they have accomplished and not empty promises and their abilities to spew profanities.

Votes hunting

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNctad) said he got an overwhelming reception from coast elders and youth alike as he embarks on grassroots consultations ahead of the launch of his yet-to-be-disclosed political party.

Dr. Kituyi who is also a former Trade Minister met a group of youth leaders at the Swahili pot hub center in Mombasa county noting that his leadership will be youth-centered.

Economic setback

The former Kimilili MP said the Coast economy has suffered the effects of cargo haulage by Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to Naivasha and most seriously the Covid-19 pandemic which has forced tourist hotels to close down leading to massive job losses.

He said the next president must inspire hope to Kenyans who have suffered years of economic downturn and runaway corruption.

 “We must show corrupt leaders that it doesn’t pay to use public resources for personal benefits,” he said.

He said there was a need to speed up the implementation of blue economy programs including facilitating locals to go for deep-sea fishing in addition to offering other opportunities to enhance their livelihoods.

He said it was not enough for top government officials to say that Sh2 billion was being lost to systemic corruption every month and instead they should act to end graft by making it costly.

Huge debt

“It is not enough to say that Sh2 billion is lost to corruption every month. We need to jail those who steal public resources and recover stolen wealth,” he said.

At the same time, Dr. Kituyi opposed the heavy borrowing with little immediate impact on generating opportunities for Kenyans.

He noted that the public debt has grown from Sh1.3 trillion to the current over Sh8 trillion in recent years and the country has no capacity to service it and will be a burden to the next generation.

“I have no problem if we borrow for a project that will have an immediate positive impact on the economy. But the problem is that we have had too much appetite for loans without considering our ability to repay,” he noted.