Kenya’s youngest political party produced a president!
The Green Thinking Action Party (GTAP) which is roughly one year old, wisely selected and sponsored 33 candidates out of 489 interested aspirants countrywide during the just concluded General elections. These candidates collectively attracted 47,364 green votes and voices of confidence to the party ideology We glorify God for such a profound victory.
Dominic Mwamisi, the GTAP candidate for Mutha Ward, Kitui South Constituency in Kitui County emerged victorious. He became one of the country’s newly elected 1,450 Members of County Assemblies (MCA’s). In essence, MCAs are akin to Ward presidents. They are closer to people at the local grassroots levels and hence best placed to tackle local problems.
Although GTAP’s 32 other candidates did not attain majority votes to grant them victory for the seats they passionately sought, the Kenyans who voted for them won by delivering a resounding clarion call for green leadership and transformation which will one day materialize.
The upcoming months will separate the serious, visionary political parties from those that were mere political vehicles for a few individuals. As Party Leader of GTAP together with my team, we shall remain faithful not just to the current registered 43,873 members of our party but also to our transformative ideology. Our agenda espouses Ethical and Effective Governance, Sustainable Wealth Creation and Dignity of the households.
Just like our MCA-elect who emerged victorious against all odds, numerous other Kenyans also won despite the daunting hurdles in the way. They include 24-year old Linet Chepkorir aka Toto who won the Bomet County Women Representative seat. Barely one year ago, she was a mitumba and chips vendor in Bomet town. When she commenced her campaigns, she campaigned on a boda boda. A similar indefatigable spirit was experienced in Nakuru County’s Elementaita Ward where George Nene, a 22-year old fourth-year Egerton University student won the MCA seat. He often campaigned on a donkey and spent less than Shs20,000 on his campaigns.
These young Kenyan leaders are among a small group of victorious leaders who persuaded voters through their sheer vision and passion, not their money. They are a stark contrast to hundreds of other victorious leaders whose victory was partly pegged on the millions that they spent. Unfortunately, many of those who spent millions will probably seek to ‘recover’ their investment.
The proposed Campaign Financing Act is very clear that candidates should divulge the source of campaign funds. However, this act has never been enacted, hence breeding corruption. All key political stakeholders must weed out such funds from the political landscape.
Indeed, elected leaders must make life better for their constituents. An inspirational political victory will be rendered meaningless if it doesn’t result in better lives for constituents. In the case of Dominic Mwamisi, this better life means water accessibility. In Tuikombe village of Mutha ward residents must travel with their donkeys for twenty-three kilometers to fetch for fresh water. In Kothoa village a twenty-liter jerrican today costs KShs50. Coupled with these water challenges is insecurity. Just a few days ago, a teenage boy in hKataa village was shot dead by camel herders from northern Kenya. They often venture in search of pasture as a result of effects of Climate Change.
Kindly supported by Kenya’s President, Kitui Governor, Senator and various stakeholders, Dominic must provide decisive leadership that will address these pressing problems. On its part GTAP will hold him accountable through the Party’s Green Score Card parameters based on his election pledges to the community.
Indeed, all elected leaders must realize that ultimately, the Goliaths they must conquer are the problems of their constituents, not their political adversaries. Think green, act green!
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