Chama Cha Mashinani Secretary General Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop alias BUZEKI has said the country’s ruling Jubilee Party is on its deathbed.
Speaking on Friday in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County, BUZEKI said the endless squabbles and infighting within Jubilee fuelled by differences on 2022 succession politics were wrecking the party and disrupting service delivery in the country.
He expressed the need to put aside 2022 succession politics and castigated the ruling party saying that members of the public did not sign up for tanga tanga and kieleweke opposing camps within Jubilee when the party sought the mandate of the public in 2017.
“Jubilee Party officials and elected leaders should shelve their differences, tolerate each other and concentrate their efforts and focus on their mandate to govern the country.” he said.
Weighing in on the referendum push, BUZEKI said referendum “is not the need of the moment.” He said there were myriad of problems facing Wananchi that required to be given priority, and leaders should focus instead on bringing development and solving those challenges.
BUZEKI who is eyeing the Uasin Gishu County gubernatorial seat in 2022 further decried the state of mismanagement of public affairs in the country. He said the government has failed its citizens as exemplified especially by rampant problems in the agriculture sector which is the mainstay of the economy.
Citing the maize crisis in the country, BUZEKI blamed the government for failure to deal with cartels who he said are engaging in underhand tactics to undermine local production, create shortages – real or imagined and open the floodgates for imports.
He blamed elected leaders from maize producing counties for failure to resolve the maize crisis saying that most leaders have remained tight-lipped even as farmers continue to suffer, which suggests collusion with cartels.
“Whenever questions are raised like in the maize crisis, folks are quick to invoke 2022 succession politics, 2022 will come and go but we need to address problems affecting Wananchi in the here and now,” he said.
The 2017 UG Gubernatorial aspirant said under his administration, the maize crisis would have been nonexistent and / or all cartels, unscrupulous traders would have been dealt with accordingly.
Buzeki was lauded by maize farmers for making available quality fertilizer during the planting season early this year after the government failed to avail the commodity on time.
He expressed the need for the government to lower the cost of farm inputs to reduce the cost of production. According to BUZEKI, fertilizer should be subsidized to enable farmers to purchase the vital commodity at Sh1000. Also according to him, the Government should purchase maize from farmers at a cost of Sh4000.
He said he was working with various stakeholders and plans are already underway to ensure fertilizer is made available early for next year’s planting season.
On county affairs and what could have been done differently under his administration, BUZEKI said, county funds would not have been the only focus of his leadership to solve problems affecting Wananchi.
He said apart from ensuring prudent utilization of county funds to be expended by various departments on essential projects and programs to increase absorption rate, he would most importantly put more effort and focus on bringing additional revenue from other sources to complement the available revenue and create much needed jobs.
“I would leverage on the strategic locale of Uasin Gishu County especially with Eldoret as the hub of North Rift counties which is rich in raw materials,” he said.
“With the wide network I have created around the world in business over the years, I would bring in foreign investors to partner and invest in Uasin Gishu, to setup manufacturing especially agro-processors to contract our farmers to produce raw materials, bring in transporters as well as build a distribution value chain locally and abroad,” he added.
He said manufacturing bears the highest potential of impacting directly on people’s lives and is the surest way to create quality jobs and open new revenue streams for the other sectors that must invest in warehouses, vehicles and staff.
He said he would create opportunities within the country and abroad for the many jobless youth to engage in productive work that will add value to their lives. Kenya is said to lose upwards of Sh500 billion to corruption each year, funds BUZEKI said could be used to set up a youth stipend – a Sh500,000 one-off pay for every youth attaining 25 years of age, for startup.
On joining CCM, BUZEKI said those who were plotting evil schemes against him to be denied Jubilee Party ticket in the event he sought the party ticket for Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat in 2022, are in for a rude shock.
He said as the CCM Secretary General he has secured a direct ticket to contest the county top job in 2022 and is ready to battle anyone on the platform of policies and programs that benefit residents.
He urged members of the public to shun political detractors who he said rely on propaganda, mudslinging, divisive politics, hatred and tribalism.