Ford Kenya aspirant ready to meet MRC
21 May 2012, 15:21
A Presidential aspirant has said that he is ready to meet the outlawed Mombasa Republican Group agitating for secession of Coast province, warning that use of police brutality will not solve problems but can only polarize the country.
Minister for Trade Moses Wetangula said the country should be focused on unity and bringing all Kenyans together stating that his party is ready to listen to every Kenyan with problems which needs to be solved.
“Local leaders from Coast region will advice me so that I meet with MRC and listen to them and then I can take their grievances to the government because I have that right as a Kenyan and also as a leader,” he noted.
Speaking in Kilifi town where he officially opened Kilifi county Ford Kenya offices on Sunday, Wetangula assured to MRC members that table was open for the talk adding that he will listen to them and see how their problems can be peacefully solved.
The Ford Kenya party presidential contestant said there is a need for Kenyans to accommodate each other and embrace peaceful talks by solving issues to avoid polarizing the country.
“We don’t want our country to be like some countries in Africa which have been fighting but our country we have tried to bring them together. Using police brutality to stop groups from voicing their grievances or groups using weapons to demand their rights will not solve problems it will only polarize our country,” he stated.
He said land issues in Coast province and some areas of the country are major issues which the new constitution will solve them in county governments.
Wetangula was accompanied by Assistant Minister for land Bifwoli Wakoli and National Ford Kenya Vice Chairman Mr. Joel Rue among other dignitaries.
He urged his colleagues contesting for presidency to respect Kenyans as they carry out their presidential campaigns.
He said insults and incitements by some politicians will not take the country far pointing out that his party is focused on bringing all Kenyans together regardless for tribe, race and political basis.
“Those who stand in front of Kenyans and start abusing each other should stop that. We need to respect Kenyans and stop incitements as leaders,” he added.
However Wetangula warned electorate against electing leaders who opposed the new constitution saying they will end up damping it.
‘If you elect non-reformist and especially those who opposed our constitution they will not carry reforms that we want in this country so be careful whenever you make decision,’ he noted.
He said his government will construct a dual carriage from Vanga Lunga Lunga to Kipini Lamu and also constructing more ports in Mombasa, Malindi ,Kilifi and Lamu for development purposes of the country.
“We want to change our country to be like Turkey where there is about 100 ports for the sake of developing our country and economic resources and that is possible with demonstrated leadership like that of Ford
Kenya,’ he said.
Ford Kenya government also he noted will come up with Universities in all counties to ensure that all Kenyans get opportunity to education facilities.
Assistant Minister Bifwoli Wakoli urged Kenyans to focus on education saying it is the only thing that can save Kenyans in future.
Wakoli who is also a Ford Kenya party presidential aspirant competing with Wetangula urged voters to spare their votes as the only weapon to elect leader of their choice.
He warned Kenyans against accepting handouts to elect leaders and instead urged them to elect those whom they feel can manage their resources.
“If you elect me because I gave you money it’s your matter. It s better you elect leaders who you know very well will properly manage your resources.
You should also avoid leaders who incite Kenyans because they incite you and when you fight they share one table,’ he noted.
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