It has been necessary for Mt Kenya East to create it's own political vehicle so that the region can negotiate for its interests as a separate entity, since in the recent past, the region’s residents have felt neglected in negotiation and sharing of national resources such as the 'Mau Mau Roads’ which have been allocated to Mt Kenya West while none came to Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Embu counties.
I have personally used different parties on the elections since 1992, and the return of ‘MBUS' has been informed by experience and complexities involved in all previous attempts to build a national party.
The process of building a single party in Kenya has been long and has failed every time for two reasons: One, once presidential aspirants capture power, they are no longer interested in parties. Secondly, our country has not reached political maturity like the US and the UK where there are only two major national political parties.
Kenya has retreated to building and strengthening regional parties whose leaders will always meet and address the grievances and interests of their regions, which is why Meru people must not be left behind.
I call on our people to join the 'MBUS' party which has been rebranded to Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) with its initial symbol of the bus, green, yellow and black being the dominant colours.
Our people should be ready to take part in the party leadership at various levels once the recruitment drive begins.DEP will negotiate with potential presidential aspirants particularly those who show they have the best interests of Meru and the region at large.
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