Speaking Saturday, February 5, during a live session on his Facebook page, Mutua – who is the founder and leader of the Maendeleo Chap Chap party, stated that it made little to no sense to have an election where Kenyans living in the diaspora do not participate.
In his argument, Mutua noted that the Kenyan diaspora constituency plays a pivotal role in the countryâ€™s economy through monthly and annual remittances, adding that it would be unfair to not involve them in decision making.
â€œThere is a court case we have been enjoined in as Maedeleo Chap Chap, and what we are saying is that if the diaspora is not voting, then we should not have an election,â€ stated Mutua.
â€œThose living in diaspora are sending a lot of money. And if you speak to a Kenyan living in America, or in the UK, or in Australia, or just overseas, they tell me Mutua, you are on the right path. They are able to see that I understand how important they are and the role they play in nation building.â€
Mutua, who was responding to a question from a fan identified as Wanjiku from Virginia, US, stated that his experience living in different countries has given him a wider perspective on how to become an effective leader and solve the problems being experienced in the country.
â€œThe diaspora people are not myopic like most of us here who are still stuck in tribalism and ethnic ethnicity and hatred. If you are working, they will see you are working and they will tell you so,â€ added the Governor.
The Maendeleo Chap Chap leader argued that the diaspora community appreciate him more because of his commitment to work for the people of Kenya.
On the controversial topic of punitive taxes, Mutua noted that he will lower the cost of living by broadening the tax base but reducing the burden on the common Kenyan.
â€œI lived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where you get your full amount of money once you work, no taxes on salaries. This I will achieve by broadening the tax base and giving tax incentives to the people.â€
On joining a political coalition, Mutua noted that his party will only make a decision at the right time. Despite being non-committal, the Governor steered clear of party politics.
In the past, Mutua has expressed his support for former Vice President and Wiper Party leader, Kalonzo Musyoka. He has also been seen as supporting the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Azimio La Umoja presidential hopeful, Raila Odinga.
Mutua, explained that his dream to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta when he retires will be actualised by the support of people who are interested in leaders who have the skills to transform the country socially, politically and economically.