Professionals have been urged not to shy away from getting involved in matters affecting their communities as the country gears to the 2022 General Elections.
Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka said the voice of the group will be crucial and important in the upcoming polls, noting that members of the public in the villages look up the elites to offer direction.
Speaking when he met Professionals and businesspeople from Bungoma County that reside and work in Nairobi city, the Senate boss said the team has to play an active role of getting rid of bad leadership.
“ You must stand up to be counted. People in your respective villages look up to you to inject fresh ideas in our country’s politics,” said the Speaker at the meeting that was held at his Karen residence in Nairobi on Wednesday.
According to Mr Lusaka, the ongoing mass voter registration is an example of an activity that needs the active engagement and the input of the professionals, as they can rally up the public to enlist as voters.
“I know many of you do not want to be involved in politics actively, but I believe urging the people in your respective villages to turn up in large numbers and register as voters is a civic duty you cannot shun,” he added.
During the Wednesday evening meeting, the attendees sent out a passionate appeal the Speaker to consider contesting for the Bungoma gubernatorial seat, a position he held from 2013 to 2017 before he was unseated by Governor Wafula Wangamati.
“ Bungoma needs you. Bungoma residents are ready for you. The county is in worse state than you left it. Please come back and count,” said Evans Kiprotich , a Nairobi businessman who hails from Mt Elgon Constiuency.
“Count on our unequivocal support,” added Mr Kiprotich.
Currently, Lusaka seems to be enjoying cordial relationship with political big wigs from the county led by Ford Kenya Party leader Moses Wetang’ula have since publicly declared support for him to recapture the Bungoma seat. Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has also endorsed the Speaker.
Responding to the calls for him to make a comeback in Bungoma politics, the Speaker was cagey on his next political move, only saying that he will ‘obey’ the voice of the county residents when the right time comes.