Speaking from Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA- United States of America(USA), this is Hon. Kalunda’s response to this week’s happenings at the Kitui County Assembly:
All protocol observed, I wish to clarify some important points:
That the integrity of honorable members must be upheld at all times no matter the circumstances;
That respect for honorable members towards one another must be observed.
Let us not be so buried in personal conflict and hence forget that our core mandate is representation and discharge of unconditional service to the people of Kitui County.
We cannot offer service and discharge duties to our people through name calling and by washing our dirty linen in public.
That conflict may happen among individuals in a group. Incompatibilities and misunderstandings among individuals may bring about disagreements because we all have different personalities with differing views and ideas. Differences in views can also be helpful in coming up with decisions which eventually we may ride upon to reach our objectives.
In other words, conflict is an inevitable part of work. However conflict is not a bad thing. When you resolve it effectively you can also eliminate many of the hidden problems that it brought to the surface.
Let us avoid blanket blame and take personal responsibility on the role we have played and contributed in things being the way they are.
As a fellow Member of the Kitui County Assembly, and the Vice Chairperson of the County Assemblies Forum(CAF) the umbrella body for the 47 counties, here is a little advice to my colleagues on the way forward:
I agree that there could have been mistakes that needed to be urgently corrected but doing so through media was the wrong approach after all we are all brothers and sisters and must always endeavor to speak to one another one-on-one but not through proxies.
We must stop allowing our party affiliations to divide and rule us to the detriment of our service to the Musangi’s who look up to us daily to offer the much needed solutions. Remember we are the solution carriers to Musangis problems.
Remembering the wise counsel of Speaker Hon. Ndotto when we got first inducted into the assembly he advised, “Once a member gets inside the chamber they should always leave their party names, titles and symbols out there. Inside chambers each member is simply an MCA.” It is the contribution each member effects to bring change to Kituians that will be used as their yardstick.
I now call upon the majority and minority leaders and entire leadership of the County Assembly to take up their mantles and steer the assembly towards the right direction.
I hereby also humbly appeal to the minority leader who is my colleague, friend and brother AKA as the Hon. Mbaki Mbaki to find it within his heart and make an unconditional apology to his brothers and sisters and honorable members of the Kitui County Assembly for allegations he made against them through media. While there could be some with tainted names its not right to assume that everyone is guilty. Sometimes it takes a principle just to be the bigger person.
Otherwise let us not allow posterity to judge us harshly.
GOD BLESS KITUI COUNTY.
Hon. Esther Kalunda Ndile.
Vice Chairperson County Assemblies Forum(CAF).
MCA- Kitui County Assembly
NAME: Esther Kalunda Ndile
PROFESSION: consultant Psychologist
EDUCATION: bachelors in Counselling Psychology, I Masters in Health Psychology (all from the University of Nairobi), currently a PHD student.
CURRENT POSITION: member of the County Assembly of Kitui, Vice Chairperson County Assemblies Forum (CAF)
BIO: Hon.Esther Kalunda Ndile holds dearly in her heart issues to do with women empowerment and is a believer in strong family values; as she holds that any sustainable development originates from the household level.