Moses Wetang'ula to join State House race in 2017
14 March 2015, 17:19
Nakuru - Ford Kenya party leader, Moses Wetang'ula has announced that he will vie for presidency in 2017 General Elections.
Speaking at a hotel in Elementaita, where the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) members met at a two day conference to review the party’s performance in the past one year and chart a course for the future, Wetang'ula said he has already started preparing the ground for his bid and that nothing will stop him from gunning for the presidency in 2017.
“When time comes in 2017, Kenyans will see my name on the big ballot paper because I will be seeking a big office in this land. Nothing will stop me because just like other Kenyans, I have a right to do so," he said.
He said he has no doubt in his mind that he will foot the bill, but never wished away seeking for the seat through a coalition.
“This is a journey that I can work alone, but we need to move together and approach the people, enticing them to see that we as a party and the association with parties with similar ideologies move together and liberate our country,” he added.
Wetang'ula, who doubles up as one of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) co-principal said something must be done to tackle the runaway corruption.
“We have entrenched nepotism, tribalism and corruption. We have a situation where in this country today, the content of your character and your brain is second to the content of where you come from,” said Wetang'ula, reiterating that his ideology would be to shame those involved in such vices.
Known for his castigation of the ruling regime, Wetang'ula reiterated that his vision would be that of touching the lives of Kenyans, for a robust and uncompromising defense of devolution and elimination of any vestiges of corruption that undermine service delivery and development.
On the ongoing ‘rot’ in the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC), Wetang'ula said given a chance, he would ensure that sanctuaries of corruptions are closed.
“The need to ensure that sanctuaries for corruption are destroyed ruthlessly and those involved are jailed and keys thrown away so that they can feel the pain of reaping where they did not plant is what our party stands for,” he added.
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But since ‘charity begins at home’, Wetang'ula’s blockade is the challenge, that of uniting the many Luhya’s sub tribes.
However, he says with the party geared to embark on a county tour, in strategic positioning, the Luhya nation is probably the foundation of his exiting start that began in Elementaita.
“The Luhya community has always voted together despite hitches. It is normally a small minority that veers off, and this you find in any other community,” he stressed, adding his presidential bid is not because he comes from the Luhya community.
On coalition politics, Wetang'ula said; “Altruism and a reality in Kenyan politics today is the coalition building is the arena we need to play in.”
Ford Kenya Party Secretary General Eseli Simiyu(Tongaren) and the party’s deputy party leader Abdalla Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga) reiterated the commitment of the party’s NEC to Wetang'ula’s bid come 2017.
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