NAIROBI, Kenya, October 14th, 2018 – With less than a year until the 2022 election, Kenyans should choose their next president based on their track record, according to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
"Decisions must be made based on evidence." Expecting someone to change dramatically when they are appointed to specific positions, whether they are the president or not, is unrealistic. "Expecting someone who does not have a drive for projects or a vision for our country to develop it once they are elected president is unrealistic," Kagwe said.
With the crowded presidential contest, Kagwe cautioned aspirants not to take the job lightly because it has ramifications across the country's economy.
"Presidency-related matters are not to be taken lightly. Such choices will have an impact on your children and grandchildren. These are the issues that will determine whether or not your children have jobs. Whether President Kenyatta's work continues or dies," he said.
Nearly ten people in Kenya have shown interest in the presidency, including Deputy President William Ruto, ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi, and his One Kenya Alliance (OKA) opponents Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper Party), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya), and Gideon Moi (KANU).
Raila Odinga, the leader of the ODM party, has also expressed interest in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta, though he has yet to declare his candidacy.
Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Mukhisa Kituyi, and acclaimed Gospel Artist Reuben Kagame are among those who have their eyes on the top spot.
Citizens should pick their leaders with caution, according to Kagwe, who advises that passionate voting decisions always have negative results.
"It'll come down to the old cliché that people get the leaders they deserve." The essential thing to remember is that people will receive the leaders they deserve at whatever level they are at. As a result, the people must decide what they deserve, since that is what they will receive," Kagwe urged.
On his part, the CS, who has previously been mentioned as a potential presidential running mate in the 2022 presidential election, refuted the reports, saying that his priority is to combat and manage the COVID-19 outbreak and that political considerations will be put on hold for the time being. Let us hope to hope peaceful elections and we should be keen on whom we choose.
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