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Kisemei’s leadership qualities, how he will work with Kajiado East voters

Wilson Kisemei says as elected MP he is ready to work with whoever is chosen by Kajiado people to be governor.
Wilson Kisemei says as elected MP he is ready to work with whoever is chosen by Kajiado people to be governor.
KISEMEI: A leader worth his/her salt must understand the simple principle that those who elected her/him are the bosses and must be consulted regularly

Politician Wilson Kisemei says the current Kajiado East MP performed below par in terms of development across the constituency because of “working alone”.

Kisemei said a leader worth his/her salt must understand the simple principle that those who elected her/him are the bosses and must be consulted regularly.

“There is no way you can work solo and purport to be in touch with the people and yet you are not solving their urgent problems like gravelling the road networks leading to their homes,” said Kisemei.

He described it as “miserable” most of the feeder roads in the Kajiado East constituency, adding that the office of the MP gets huge sums of money that can do the work.

“An MP is an influential person, who can use his/her position to influence development. Look at for example the roads in Nkurrunka that lead to pozzolana and building stones’ mines, they are in a terrible state and the MP can approach all the cement companies in Athi River to assist in gravelling them,” he said.

He said the road from Isinya to Konza has been impassable for many years, and yet the local MP is aware of its status.

“God-willing, if I am elected M next year, I will change the style of leadership that has continued to deny our people access to the national cake. It is the people who will dictate to me what their priorities are, and not mine,” the politician said.

Wilson Kisemei and his wife Francisca.
Wilson Kisemei and his wife Francisca.

The Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Africa Nazarene University, while speaking to KNU on May 1, said accessible roads, clean water and a working sewer system in any urban centre in Kajiado East is a human right and not any longer luxury.

Forced

Speaking to KNU a week earlier in a sourced interview at his Nkurrunka home, some 17 km west of Kitengela on Thursday, April 23, 2021, Kisemei, who is an astute businessman, said many unresolved political issues in Kajiado East forced him into elective politics.

“We cannot drink salty water for ages, remained locked in our farms for years because of bad roads and continue using exhausters years on end to free filled up toilets in our towns because of bad leadership,” said Kisemei.

Kisemei argues that current and past MPs have had no idea how the business community and homeowners in Kitengela, Isinya, Sultan Hamud, and Emali or even in Masimba towns have to struggle in meeting the cost of exhauster services.

Kisemei, who has announced his Kajiado East parliamentary candidature in 2022, says the last time roads leading to the Nkurrunka area were gravelled and worked on with government resources is about 12 or 13 years ago.

George Saitoti

That was the last time the 17 km road stretch from Kitengela town to Nkurrunka was gravelled by the then late area MP George Saitoti.

Wilson Kisemei during the interview at his home during the interview. the
Wilson Kisemei during the interview at his home during the interview. the

Before our team took a ride from Kitengela town to Nkurrunka for an interview with Kisemei, our guide advised us to use a four-wheeled car to be able to reach the destination that took us almost two hours.

The pathetic road is under the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, which works closely with the office of the area MP.

Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko is the first legislator to be elected in 2013 after the Independent and Electoral and Boundaries Commission increased two more constituencies in Kajiado.

Nkurrunka region has the biggest number of mines for construction stones and pozzolana, a material used for the production of cement, and employs more than 20,000 people.

The county government of Kajiado reaps close to Sh 400,000 per day in cess collection from the mining activity which translates into about Sh12 million per month.

The more than 150 truck owners that transport materials from the area complain that they spend millions in repairing their vehicles every other week.

With a direct employment of over 20,000 people, it is estimated that at least some 100, 000 people, directly and indirectly, depending on the Nkurrunka proceeds.

The mines are owned by individual farmers with land property in the area. All the major six companies operating in Athi River get their supply of pozzolana from Nkurrunka.

Kisemei said once elected he will ensure that all the roads within his jurisdiction are gravelled every other season.

Unemployment

“The office of the area MP should be open to the public. We have educated youth out there without formal incomes and is important that their problem is addressed,” said Kisemei.

He pledged to empower financially some 200 women and youth in his first year in office through a program that will see each of them start a sustainable business after undergoing some training.

“Our youth and women do not need handouts. Giving those handouts is enslaving them, and the only way out of this mess is to identify what is best in their area of interest so they can be funded and let to be independent,” said Kisemei.

Sheep and Goats Farm

The politician, who has also been involved in land rights activism for close to 20 years, says the Sheep and Goats land saga that has seen the alleged grabbing of land in the Kitengela Reserve area will be resolved once elected.

Pozzolana and construction stones mine in Nkurrunka on Thursday.
Pozzolana and construction stones mine in Nkurrunka on Thursday.

He said the people of the area gave out their land to the colonial government to use for military issues and later the independence government reclaimed it and used it for the improvement of local livestock breeds.

“After the project grounded, the government instead of returning the land to the owners, left it to be invaded by grabbers. I will go to parliament, once elected and fight for this land,” said the politician.

Kisemei dismissed as “prophets of doom” those claiming that the officials of the Sheep and Goats farm are demanding money from members to allegedly sue the government for awarding part of the land to Nairobi National park.

“It is true we have a case in court over that land. Our members have paid the money because they know what we intend to do. Those making noises out there has no idea what the members are planning and therefore should leave us alone,” he said.

 

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