Members of Parliament are not the best support base for a candidate vying the presidency-Speaker Muturi

Members of Parliament are not the best support base for a candidate vying the presidency-Speaker Muturi

BY CORRESPONDENT,NAIROBI,5TH MARCH,2022-Members of Parliament are not the best support base for a candidate vying the presidency since most of them never make it back to the house, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has said.

Muturi said the re-election trend has been over 76 to 80 percent MPs never making it back to the House in a consecutive term.
Muturi was explaining why he has been using grassroots political leaders to consolidate the Democratic Party in which he is seeking the presidency, instead of moving around with local MPs.
Mururi said, “As we know in Kenya, rotation is common, between 76 and 80 percent of all sitting Members of Parliament always go home. If you have 100 moving around with you, only about 20 will come back, so it is best to build a base with grassroots leaders.”
He made the remarks during a meeting n Naovasha town with over 2000 grassroots delegates of the Democratic Party.
In a briefing to journalists after the meeting, Muturi said he had not made any move to coalesce with the Azimio or the Oka alliances.
He said he had met with Azimio leader Raila Odinga during the burial of Ambassador Wilfred Machage in Kehancha, Migori on Friday, and told him he was going solo in his presidential bid with the Democratic Party.
Said Muturi, “I told Raila Odinga, we’re in competition, which is a healthy thing. I don’t mind who supports him, and I too have my supporters.”
Muturi said what is happening in alliances is good for democracy, but insisted the Democratic Party was not in any arrangement with Azimio or Oka alliances.
He told the delegates he remains the Mt Kenya region spokesperson, noting that he was not in rivalry with President Uhuru Kenyatta over regional leadership since the Head of State’s authority was national and not conferred by elders like his.
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