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[Human rights defender Boniface Mwangi. Photo/Courtesy].

Renowned International Activist Boniface Mwangi has resigned as Ukweli Party Leader and further explained why he will not run for political office in the August 9, 2022, General polls.

In a 9-minute video, Mwangi opened up saying he had learned from previous elections that he would need to be crooked or bow to tribal kingpins in order to be elected.

“I will not be vying again in the next year’s Elections. It is very sad that in this country qualification for public office is not ideas, not vision, not passion, and not love…for you to be elected, you need dirty money, a criminal record, bad reputation you qualify for public office.” He said.

While he will no longer be the party’s leader, Mwangi says he will remain a member of the party he helped build and with which he narrowly lost the Starehe parliamentary seat.

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“It breaks my heart to say that I will be stepping down from Ukweli Party, as the Party Leader, a party that I helped found, give a name too, coz I love the truth… and I won’t be stepping down from the truth, I will continue being a member of Ukweli party but not in its leadership,” Mwangi further said in the video.

He narrates “I walk around every day, angry with the state of this Nation, angry that our kids don’t have good schools in their neighborhoods, angry that being poor is a crime, angry that all of Us are suffering but we bare silent,” he noted “Am just angry, I feel like I’m angry on behalf of the entire country. And so I want to be less angry and take a break from all this…because when I continue with this anger I will die sooner than I want to,”

He however assured Kenyans that he had not given up on them.

“Even courage takes a rest, so am just going to take a rest but I will be part of this country,” Mwangi said.

Mwangi referred to change as a marathon and never a sprint, and it takes time and may also require an athlete to slow down in order to conserve energy.

Mwangi came in third place in the 2017 polls, behind ODM’s Steve Mbogo and current Starehe MP Charles Njagua.