The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mutava Decries Mbeere Soaring Trade in Miraa

Democratic Party presidential aspirant Mutava Musyimi has expressed disappointment that people in his constituency are engaged in the miraa trade at the expense of other develpment activities. Mutava lamented that Mbeere residents are so occupied in the trade that they don't find time to attend to other important undertakings. "It's so strange that in meetings where important issues for personal and community development are discussed, you might find only three people attending it," Musyimi said. He said it is important that people in the region change their attitude towards miraa business even though it attracts good money.

Speaking at his constituency at the weekend, Musyimi said he is putting efforts to ensure he delivers on his pre-election pledges despite his aspirations for the presidency in the next election. He also decried deep-rooted clanism in Mbeere noting that some people in the area are still tied to clans even in the error of civilisation when people are forging ahead in transformations of various kinds.

Musyimi said he was elected to bring change in Gachoka constituency and promised to wipe the vice. He said people should not group themselves in ethnic groups and that the reason he is undertaking to unite all Kenyans through campaigning for the presidency in all parts of the country. The MP disclosed that he intends to pick a woman as his running mate in the election although he still has to make a decision.

Musyimi said he was not ruling out alliances with other like minded parties and presidential aspirants. The aspirant termed the ruling by a Mombasa court that lifted the ban on the Mombasa Republican Council as very disappointing. He said the ruling will ignite other groups and communities to demand for secession which he termed as unhealthy for the country. He expressed hope that the appeal by the government against the court ruling will succeed saying the ruling had lost sight of that fact that Kenya is a unitary state,

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