Nairobi — National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi held a low-key gathering of National Delegates at the bomas of Kenya in Nairobi after promising a “melting snow” declaration with the appearance of a special guest.
Instead, Muturi questioned the two-horse narrative as misguided ahead of the Aug. 9 presidential election, saying he would not give in to pressure to choose between Vice President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance and “the lesser of the two evils.” “. Azimio la Umoja by Raila Odinga.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, who was backed by the Kenya Democratic Party as the presidential candidate in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, pledged sweeping reforms to revitalize Kenya’s indebted economy.
Muturi indicated that his track record in the various government positions he previously held speaks for itself and that will lead him to the State House.
“I want to say to the whole country now that I’m here because I believe in a great future for Kenya. My track record speaks for itself; I have served the people of Kenya in various capacities to the best of my knowledge and belief.
“We as the Democratic Party offer something different than everyone else. We offer a political option diametrically opposed to the others. We stand for what is right, not what gets us political mileage, we stand for a prosperous Kenya and not for self-enrichment, most of all we stand for it Umoja na Haki‘ Muturi said.
He openly criticized the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga and said a coalition between an incumbent government and an opposition had never worked anywhere in the world.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives accused his political opponents of hopping from one party to another, not for the benefit of Kenyans or because they share similar political ideologies, but because of their own political mileage.
“Show me a place in the world in a functioning democracy where an incumbent government decides to join forces with the opposition to form another government, regardless of its own? Like it happened in Botswana a few years ago and you know what the results were. Those are the political manners I’m talking about. We have to stand up for something and not just the pursuit of power,” Muturi said.
Key among the interventions Muturi proposes is to tame the government’s appetite for local debt. This, he said, will encourage banks to go public instead.
Other promises include adequate district funding to ensure the employment of adequate medical professionals and a mental health master plan in Kenya, declaring it a threat to national development.
Muturi pledged to set up a national neuropsychiatric institute if he is elected president to address the country’s mental health crisis.
“The Government of the Democratic Party of Kenya will declare the state of mental health in Kenya a major threat to national development, which should be declared a national emergency,” he said.