Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has described  some leaders in Ukambani as stumbling blocks to some of his key development projects.

Speaking at the People’s Park yesterday during a consultative meeting with opinion leaders from the county, Mutua claimed some leaders in the area had been sabotaging his projects to attain selfish political ends and paint him as a failure.

He told the more than 3,000 leaders that it was a pity that individuals who were supposed to be at the forefront in championing the growth of the county were busy erecting barriers for such initiatives without giving an alternative.

He named Senator Johnston Muthama and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka as some of his detractors in the implementation of key development projects such as the Machakos City.

“Muthama has even gone to court to block some of my key development projects in this county such as the construction of the Machakos city which was meant to benefit the people of this county .Kalonzo has worked hard to sabotage my work including instigating false corruption claims against my government to ensure he paints a bad image of my leadership to the people, “claimed the leader.

Mutua, who also used the forum to declare his interest to run for presidency come 2022, equally castigated the opposition on the planned demonstrations in protest to the Electoral amendment laws that were passed by both houses against the wishes of Cord MPs.

The governor termed the move by the opposition to rally their followers in nationwide demonstrations in protest to the new laws as reckless and selfish and only meant to win public sympathy.

“Frequent demonstrations and protests being witnessed in this country in the name of fighting for democracy are a mockery of the highest order that will only succeed in scaring away investors from doing business in our country. The ripple effect of such activities is already being felt in far and wide especially at the coast where tourism and the hospitality industry are still not out of the woods,” he added.

The controversial laws have since been assented into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The forum also saw several aspiring politicians from both Machakos and other counties declare their interests in seeking elective positions on Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket, the vehicle which Mutua intends to use in going for a second stab at the gubernatorial seat in 2017.

The vocal leader who once served as government spokesman also wants to use the party in fronting himself as alternative spokesman for the larger Ukambani region, an area where Kalonzo has enjoyed a near fanatical following for years.

The meeting was also attended by several Machakos County Assembly Ward Representatives including leader of minority and one of Mutua’s erstwhile fiercest critics and Masinga Mp Itwiku Mbai.

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