The Star (Nairobi)

17 November 2012

Kenya: Teacher Joins Crowded Race for State House

A former high school teacher turned businessman has formally announced his intention to vie for the presidency in the March 4 elections.

Mwalimu Mohammed Dida, who hails from Wajir, will be vying for the presidency on a Alliance for Real Change Party.

Dida, a former teacher at Nairobi and Lenana Schools, said yesterday that his presidency will be premised on education, justice and public interest.

"Am planning to purify the minds and hearts of Kenyans from all vices to create a society of reformed and healthy citizens. I will adopt distributive justice that t fulfills citizens' rights and obligations by eliminating excesses and disparity," said the 39 year old Dida, who is currently pursuing his Masters at the University of Nairobi.

He criticised the country's current leadership, terming it as a "system designed for the few rich".

"My stay at State House will be for the common 40 million Kenyans as opposed to the current leadership where we have 100,000 millionaires who have stolen public funds and 39 million struggling poor Kenyans," Dida said.

"All the current leaders are short termed - I am going into leadership to try and change that and I am confident I will".

He termed the current rate of corruption among the political class as alarming, saying it has permeated the middle class.

"There is no way a senior government official can be paid Sh100,000 as entertainment allowance yet his clerk is paid Sh10,000 as his gross salary. For the big boss to be comfortable, the lower cardre must also be comfortable for a healthy nation, otherwise the top and the bottom will be corrupt".

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