“It is our responsibility to build one Kenya devoid of ethnic hate regardless of political affiliation. We should keep our differences personal and private”- Simon Kuria
Mr Simon Maina Kuria, popularly known around Bumala trading centre and its environs as Mr Peshmatt has introduced a completely new approach to leadership that goes beyond assisting the neediest in society.
It has emerged that long before, Mr Kuria thought of plunging himself into the murky waters of electoral politics as MCA, he had led by example in empowering the needy in the villages and sub-locations of Marachi West Ward in Butula constituency, Busia County county.
He has been engaged in a robust empowerment program targeted at the ordinary person at all levels, especially targeting the needy people of Marachi, the people took note, and that is how they prevailed upon him to consider contesting for the position of MCA in recognition of his leadership skills.
They pushed him to go into elective politics as a Marachi West Ward Member of the County Assembly (MCA), he took heed and will be contesting in the coming elections slated to take place from August 9th, 2022. He is running for the seat on Ugenya MP David Ochieng’s Movement for Growth and Democracy (MDG) party.
Long before Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga came up with the slogan ”Kuinua Jamii” (Uplift the People) during the unveiling of his Manifesto at Nyayo Stadium two days ago, Mr Kuria was already doing it in Marachi West Ward in areas where some of the current and former Ward Representatives or former councillors had never stepped.
Though a professional businessman with a chain of supermarkets in various parts of the county, at no time did Mr Kuria ever imagine himself being refered to as Hon. representing the interests of thousands of voters in the county. It’s the voter who edged him into politics because of his noble deeds. Tangible and tell-tale deeds that many elected leaders past and present have never done, but out of his own good heart he has assisted and continues to assist the hapless and the abandoned at the grassroots levels.
Mr Kuria says: “Leaders should set good examples during public events and stop displaying their political differences. They should use these events to unite Marachi West. Whenever some leaders resort to public spat, they set bad examples to Marachians and create enmity between ethnic groups.”
He continued: “It is our responsibility to build one Kenya devoid of ethnic hate regardless of political affiliation. We should keep our differences personal and private.”
The Business Leader said that politicians should be careful what they say in public as their utterances can have far-reaching implications. Peace is what every Kenyan wants, especially during the period of electoral campaigns. Leaders must, therefore, lead from the front in promoting peaceful co-existence in Marachi West.
He said: Siasa za chuki, ukabila na uhasama zimepitwa na wakati. Mimi, Maina siogopi kukwaruzana na yeyote katika kinyang’anyiro cha Marachi West. Tukutane kwa debe. Mungu mbele. (Politics of hate, tribalism and virulent anger have been bypassed over time. I Maina said, I don’t fear to compete against anyone else in the coming battle for the Marachi West Ward), Butula sub-county in Busia County.
.On his Facebook page, Mr Kuria posted: “Done. We thank God. Four years ago, INUA JAMII uplifted the livelihood of a resident in Masebula. The future is luminous, cleared by IEBC and ready to push even further. We have never been this determined. More work ahead as we continue selling our agenda to the great people of Marachi West.
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