Three Governors of Machakos, Kitui and Makueni have announced the formation of a Peopleâ€™s empowerment movement whose main agenda is to fight poverty, generate wealth and provide cohesion in the Ukambani region and the entire nation.
Alfred Mutua of Machakos, Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni and Charity Ngilu of Kitui held a day long strategy meeting on Sunday to define the development agenda for their citizens.
â€śOur people have suffered for a long time due to poor leadership,â€ť said Governor Ngilu. â€śWe have to provide leadership that changes the lives of our mothers, youth and men.â€ť
Governor Kibwana added that the people of Ukambani will need to be mobilised for national issues such as the forthcoming census, Big four agenda programs and even any referendum.
â€śWe have to change our past of poverty of leadership,â€ť he said.
As part of their working together, the three Governors hope to reverse apathy that has crept in the region.
â€śOur Meeting focuses on strategies of moving our people from poverty to prosperity,â€ť added Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua. â€śWe need to move our people from hopelessness to hope as we galvanize our shared resources.â€ť
Mutua added that it is vital that there is clarity on the Kamba communityâ€™s linkages with national and international networks.
The three vowed to stick together and would not respond to those insulting them. Instead they will grow each othersâ€™ economies by trading and buying goods from each other.
â€śIn 10 or 20 years time we do not want to be blamed for being sycophants and doing nothing,â€ť Mutua said. â€śThe time for change is here for the sake of our people.â€ť
They announced that in early February they will unveil the agenda and programs for the Peopleâ€™s Empowerment Movement that, according to Kibwana â€świll transform lives in a way never seen before.â€ť