Written by John Kabaka
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DPM Musalia Mudavadi during the Malava Ddistrict Education Day held at Malava Boys high school In Kakamega County. He urged Kenyans to take education seriously especially those seeking elective posts. [PHOTO | John Kabaka]
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has said those seeking positions in the coming general elections should at least have degrees.
Mudavadi said the nation as it is now needs leaders who have gone to school to integrate well with the youthful generation of the nation.
“Education is very vital and all of us should take it with the importance it deserves, if you want to be senator, governor or Member of Parliament then one should be a degree holder,” said Mudavadi.
He said that those against education will forever remain behind and that the time had come for all Kenyans to take education seriously.
“You have seen how the parliament has started to change the law, it time to say that if you don’t take education seriously then you are going to have a lot of problems in future,” reiterated Mudavadi.
“Your education is very vital and that’s why we want to give the younger people new opportunities,” he added.
He urged parents to work together with the teachers to ensure that their children receive well deserved education.
This was in reference to the approved clause in the Elections Act requiring aspirants for the presidential, governor and parliamentary seats to be degree holders made by members of the National Assembly Thursday morning to the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bill following amendments by Deputy Leader of Government Business Amos Kimunya and Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo.
However, before the change, on Wednesday, MPs passed an amendment introduced by Bura MP Abdi Nuh to the elections law to remove the requirement that presidential, parliamentary and senator aspirants must have university degrees.
Politically, he reiterated that his reverse gear had stopped working and he was not ready to go back where he had come from.
He said the country indeed needed someone to bring it together and he was the right person to unite all Kenyans.
“I am seeking the presidency as a unifying factor for all Kenyans, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has said,” he remarked.
Speaking on Friday in Malava Constituency of Kakamega County, Mudavadi said his candidature aims at offering Kenyans stable leadership devoid of tribalism and an end to political hostilities to create suitable environment for development.
“I will not talk tribal language but the language to unite all Kenyans as I seek votes to be president. Our aim in United Democratic Forum (UDF) party is to unite all Kenyans, end hostilities for prosperity and development for the betterment of all Kenyans” he said.
Accompanied by Housing Minister Shoita Shitanda who is also area MP, Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale and Shinyalu MP, Justus Kizito, the DPM noted UDF want to win the elections in the first round and locals should avoid falling prey to scheme by opponents who want to divide the region’s votes to get re-run.
“In UDF party we want to win in the first round but there are others want extra time and that is why they want to divide us. We should not fall into their scheme. Let us vote as a block in order to defeat their opportunistic plans”, he urged amid applause from the ecstatic crowd.
He said there are leaders from the region who still live in fear that if they support him they will lose their positions in Government are living in denial.
He noted that such leaders should know Kenyans have made their decision to support the region to produce the candidate to lead the country come the next general elections.
“Some of our leaders still live in fear that if they support Mudavadi they will lose their flag. They should know this is our time. Kenyans have given us the opportunity to lead this country like other Kenyans”, he said.
Also with him were Kakamega County Council chairman John Shimaka, Malava Town Council Chairman Mr. John Wetundu and DC Gideon Ombongi.
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