– The governor said the new political formation will focus on the interests of the less fortunate in the society
– He added the new team will also push for involvement of the youth in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda
– Sonko at the same time took a swipe at Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke leaders accusing them of undermining the president with early 2022 campaigns
– He said his outfit would be pushing for involvement of the youth in the president’s Big Four agenda and not 2022 politics
Nairobi governor Mike Sonko and other like-minded politicians from different parts of the country have decided to form an unofficial political movement to counter Jubilee party’s Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke factions.
The governor indicated the new outfit dubbed Team Wanjiku will advance the interests of the less fortunate in the society who have been forgotten.
Speaking at a rally attended by a number of other leaders and Kiambu residents at Ruiru Stadium, the governor emphasised the focus of the new group will be the common Kenyan.
“Team Wanjiku is saying enough is enough. No one is there to protect the unemployed youths and women,” he said.
The county chief added the new alliance will push for, among other things, involvement of the youth in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda.
“We are 100% supporting President Uhuru’s Big Four but all we are saying is that Wanjiku should be given priority,” he said.
The affordable housing programme, according to the governor, should not be tailor-made for the rich, but must target low income earners in the country.
“We applaud the affordable housing project which will ensure that Wanjiku gets a conducive and affordable house and as young leaders we have to ensure that this is achieved,” he said.
Sonko at the same time hit out at those already conducting 2022 succession politics saying it was incumbent upon all leaders to first rally behind the president for the remaining three years.
“We don’t belong to any of these groups (Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke) because they are undermining the president,” he said.
On his part, East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Simon Mbugua noted it was unfortunate and embarrassing to see leaders engage in early campaigns yet there were pertinent issues affecting the poor in the country.
“Kenyans have to choose between leaders who want to talk about their issues and those who want to take them into political circles without anything meaningful to offer,” Mbugua said.
Team Wanjiku, he added, was ready to work with like-minded leaders and Kenyans who want to advance the Big Four agenda and not endlessly politicking.
Businessman Maina Njenga, politicians Reuben Ndolo, Stanley Livondo and Kalembe Ndile as well as Kieni MP Kanini Kega among others were also in attendance.
They all vowed to marshal youth across the country to join the new movement.
“We are telling youth across the country to form groups and we will support them to advocate for the interests of Wanjiku at the grassroot level,” Livondo said.
The leaders further urged MPs to ensure that the KSh 4.4 billion allocated for youth empowerment is utilised effectively and only for the youth.
Team Wanjiku’s secretariat has already been formed and it will be led by Mbugua.
The movement is expected to conduct countrywide rallies to preach service delivery.
The rallies will bring on board young elected leaders and youth from all the 47 counties.
Story by Dan Ole Muhuni, Tuko corespondent, Nairobi county.
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