BY PASCAL MWANDAMBO
A parliamentary candidate for the Wundanyi seat has stirred controversy over the issue of family politics in Taita-Taveta.
Addressing youths during a talent expo at the County Social Hall yesterday Jubilee aspirant Eng Vald Mwakima Kireti who hails from Mbale said politics is not a contest between wards, villages or families but individuals each with their own vision and development agenda.
“Even siblings can have divergent views on issues and the same should apply to politics”, said Engineer Mwakima ,who had sponsored the youth talent expo drawing upcoming artistes from different parts of Wundanyi constituency.
Mwakima, a career civil servant who has just resigned from Ken Gen where he worked for 18 years, says he will steer clear of making impossible promises to the electorate but work with wananchi in identifying and implementing priority projects that will have a direct impact on the lives of the people.
“I have already done my manifesto which will be a binding covenant between me and the electorate and once I get into office you will be obliged to take me to task in case I fail to fulfill my pledges,” said Mwakima.
The aspirant pointed out that one key area that must be focused on in the counties is serious oversight.
“Those charged with oversight responsibilty must be vigilant right from the beginning of projects till the end. This should encompass both the county assembly and the executive,” said Mwakima, adding that towards that end, a senator for Taita-Taveta must be one cut out for that job and not part of the corrupt ilk.
He added: “It is foolhardy for leaders to wait till the Auditor General has done his reports and then circulate the reports to the people when public funds have already been looted. Corruption must be nipped in the bud and theft of public funds must be stopped immediately detected,” he said.
He pointed out that the high risk areas where public funds were likely to be stolen such as procurement, stores and treasury should be shone a spotlight on to tame corruption in Taita-Taveta county.
Mwakima pointed out that the Sh4 billion allocated to the county can go along way in boosting the living standards of the people if well prioritized.
“What is perturbing is that more than 70 per cent of this money goes into recurrent expenditure indulging salaries, allowances and luxury vehicles for county officials while development is thrown to the back burner,” he said.
Of family politics and Taita-Taveta leadership
Wundanyi MP aspirant Eng Mwakima who has stirred the issue of family politics is a brother-in-law to former area MP Mwandawiro Mghanga and long serving civil servant and immediate former commissioner with the defunct CIC Philemon Mwaisaka.
Both Mwakima and Mghanga are vying for the Wundanyi parliamentary seat. Eng Mwakima is married to Mghanga’s younger sister Margaret Mwakima who is currently the PS ,Environment and natural resources.
In 2007 Mghanga and his brother-in-law Philemon Mwaisaka vied for the Wundanyi seat. They both lost to incumbent Thomas Mwadeghu.
Another close relative of Eng Mwakima Raymond Mwakima Mwangola is also eying the Wundanyi MP seat.
In Voi former Mayor Pricillah Mwangeka is going for the Women Rep position to face her niece Janet Mwawasi.
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1.Eng Vald Mwakima
6.Janet Mwawasi Oben