KNA Former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau has declared his interest to vie for Murang’a gubernatorial post come 2022.
Speaking when he met his supporters in Murang’a town on Tuesday Kamau said he is determined to clinch the seat in the next general elections.
The former legislator failed to capture the seat in 2017 after he was trounced by governor Mwangi Wa Iria during party primaries.
Kamau who served as MP for two terms opted not to vie as an Independent Candidate after he lost in the Jubilee party primaries.
Addressing his supporters, Kamau observed that this time he is ready to take over from governor Wa Iria and spearhead development projects which would have direct impact to residents.
“I tried the last general elections and failed. I opted to give the governor his time to do his work but now am declaring that I will be on the ballot come 2022,” said the former MP.
He called upon those eyeing the seat to conduct peaceful campaigns and avoid using youth to cause chaos.
“During campaign period some politicians tend to use young people to cause chaos and disrupt political gatherings of their opponents. This time in Murang’a we want peaceful campaigns,” added Kamau.
He further stressed for unity especially in Mount Kenya region saying unity is supreme to ensuring the region’s issues would be addressed on the national platforms.
“Unity is strength thus needed for the leadership in the mountain region to remain focused, to ensure our people will benefit with the resources,” said Kamau while warning political aspirants against luring the youth to cause chaos.
Kamau appreciated the dairy programme started by Wa Iria saying it has helped in the transformation of the rural economy.
“Murang’a is suffering from youth unemployment which should be tackled by the leaders for the future of coming generations after disruption of many economic sectors by Covid 19 pandemic,” said Kamau.
On agriculture, he observed that he would support the establishment of avocado processing plant to facilitate value addition programmes, and increase returns to the growers.
“Murang’a is an avocado growing area and a lot of efforts are required to improve the value chain,” said Kamau.
Other leaders who have declared their interests for the gubernatorial seat include the Water Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu Wairagu, former Planning PS Irungu Nyakera, the County Woman Representative Sabina Chege and Ahadi Kenya Trust director Stanley Kamau.