29 April 2012

Kenya: Block Tribal Leaders From the Ballot, Kenneth Says

Presidential hopeful Peter Kenneth has backed Chief Justice Willy Mutunga's stand that only politicians with untainted records be allowed to vie for political seats in the next elections. Kenneth at the weekend said tribal leaders should also be locked out of the race. He said only clean leaders and those with a national image can lead Kenya out of poverty and underdevelopment. "Chapter Six of the Constitution must be used. We must vet all those who want political offices," Kenneth said in Mombasa.

On Friday Mutunga said Chapter Six of the new constitution, which talks about leadership and integrity, will be strictly enforced in the next elections. "Those husbands who are beating their wives must know that you cannot even be a councillor or a chief. Forget it," Mutunga had said. Speaking after he opened the party's Mombasa county office in Majengo, Kenneth said his Kenya National Congress party has a real chance of ridding the country of "deep-rooted tribalism". He blamed tribalism for the poverty in Kenya.

KNC chairman Martin Komora echoed Kenneth's sentiments adding that Kenneth "belongs to the 'Kenya tribe'". "We want a Kenyan to lead the country. We don't want a Luo to lead the country. We don't want a Kikuyu to lead the country. We don't want a Kamba to lead the country. We want a Kenyan to lead the country," Komora said.

Former Msambweni MP Abdalla Ngozi said the manner in which Kenyans are used to voting in their leaders was wrong since it has been based on tribalism and not issues. "Kenya has more than 42 tribes. If we take that route and vote according to our tribes, when will some other tribes lead? Who will vote for them?" posed Ngozi.

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