The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Lawyer and Activist for Mwingi Seat

A lawyer and a human rights activits have joined politics in Mwingi. Lawy Joel Kinywa Mwaniki and activist Peter Mutemi said they want to change political leadership in Kitui county.

Mutemi, the executive director for the Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education, said he and Mwaniki "have always been in the forefront of fighting for the rights of the lowly in the society".

He said they want to entrench social injustices and respect for human rights in the political leadrship. "Our work has involved fighting for the right of the down-trodden, whose rights are being violated by the courts and the provincial administration. We have been able to emancipate our people and want to further the same at a different level as elected leaders," said Kinywa.

He was speaking on Saturday night during a dinner party to raise campaign money for Mutemi who is aspiring for the Kyethani Members of the Kitui County Assembly. The function was held at the Mwingi Pinnacle Guest House.

"Working on pro bono basis and in conjunction with Mutemi and his human rights outfit for years, we have managed to check the violation of the rights of lowly residents in the hand of authoritarian and cruel administrators," said Mwaniki who is running for the Tharaka Member of the Kitui County Assembly.

He noted that should the locals allow Mutemi and himself to sit at the Kitui County Assembly, it will not be in vain as they will further their campaign for the respect of human rights across the county. "We will ensure that there will be no pilferage of public project monies since we stand for justice and human rights," he stressed.

"We have on advantage that both of us are youthful and stand for justice. We will be the peoples' watchdog and will ensure equitable distribution of resources across the county and check any form of corruption meant to misappropriation of funds," the lawyer affirmed.

The dinner was also attended by Mwingi Central parliamentary aspirants Joseph Musikali Mutemi and veterinarian Dr Wathe Nzau as well as mental health consultant Dr Winnie Kitetu who is vying for the Kitui county Women Representative seat.

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