Be careful when electing Kibaki’s successor-Jimi
Written by Eutycas Muchiri Monday, 30 April 2012 05:38
Presidents Kibaki’s son Jimi has urged Kenyans to be extra careful when electing his father’s successor.
Jimi said it is time Kenyans decide who they want come March next year, so that more development projects can be initiated.
Jimi urged Kenyans to elect a humble and development conscious president like Kibaki, who will be able to take the country to greater heights, but not a person who will be politicking all the time.
“There are so many presidential candidates yet they are not telling Kenyans what they will do for the country if elected, they are only interested in taking over the seat,” he said.
The younger Kibaki said the hallmark of leadership is giving the people’s vision and ensure it is met.
At the same time, Jimi also urged Othaya people to ensure they elect somebody who will be able to work hand in hand with Kibaki after he retires. He said this will ensure more developments are initiated even after he retires.
He noted that the president has initiated many projects and improved education and other sectors for the about 40 years he has been Othaya Member of Parliament and so his successor should keep the trend.
He said there was need for Nyeri County voters to elect leaders who are technocrats and managers with a proven track record, adding that Dr Gakuru seemed to be a good example who can govern the County.
“Nyeri County doesn’t need a politician for a governor’s seat. This seat is even more important than that of the president. We want somebody who will ensure our county defeats other 46 counties. We want to elect somebody like Dr Gakuru who will take us forward but not a politician,” he added.
He was speaking at Gathumbi Secondary School in Othaya during a harambee where he helped to raise over Shs. 2 million.
President Kibaki sent Shs. 0.5 million, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Head of the Civil Service Francis Kimemia sent Shs. 100,000 each, DPM Musalia Mudavadi Sh 50, 000 while Jimi and friends gave Sh 0.6 million.
Those present included Nyeri aspiring governor Dr Wahome Gakuru, Nyeri women representative aspirant Priscilla Nyokabi and Othaya County Council chairman Maina Murachu