By Obegi Malack
Kajiado County longest serving ward representatives Mwathi Pere (Ongata Rongai) and Martin Kimemia Njogu (Oloolua) will not be defending their positions in August polls.
Mwathi has been in leadership for fifteen years, five years as a councillor and ten years as an elected MCA.
In an interview with County Press the MCA says he has been in power for long enough and now needs to have time with his family but was quick to point out that if gets appointed in any position, he is ready to serve.
“I would wish for another person to take over the mantle to proceed on in steering the leadership and development within the ward,” he said.
The MCA has however not endorsed anyone as his successor, he says he will accord the leader who will be elected support and guidance needed as he/she perform the duties in development/ cohesion of the community within.
Mwathi who is commonly identified as Generali since he was a military man, he was elected through TNA Party in 2013 and later Jubilee party before decamping to UDA Party in 2021.
The politician said is in UDA and will campaign for DP William Ruto and gubernatorial aspirant MP Katoo ole Metito.
He noted that is behind major development projects in the ward in his 15 years in office, such as Olekasasi allotment letters to residents and vocational training centre among other projects.
“I have performed more than even the sitting MP, my projects are allover anyone can see I was a performer,” he said.
Kimemia who has also been in office for two terms said he has not endorsed anyone to take over from him but maintained is in UDA party and supports the party candidates.
The two leaders rubbished claims they feared defeat in UDA party primaries and pointed out they only had to let other people take over leadership in the area.
They also said they are not in any agreement to benefit from any positions in 2022 UDA Party government after rumors that Katoo may choose a politician from the region to deputize him.