NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 - Gachoka Member of Parliament Mutava Musyimi on Saturday officially launched a longshot bid for the presidency in 2012, pitching himself as a champion of reforms.
Rev Musyimi announced his candidacy at Nakuru's Nyayo garden where he declared that time had come for Kenyans to fix national leadership.
"Its now time for Kenyans to redefine their destiny by changing the culture of politics, reclaim their country, their lives and their government from people who have mismanaged the country for a long time," he said.
Rev Musyimi who has adopted the 'Wakati Ni Sasa' slogan said that time was ripe for Kenyans to get fresh, visionary and dedicated leadership that will drive the country towards greater heights of success, justice, unity and a society that respects human rights.
He stated that his leadership would focus on practical policies towards finding lasting solutions to chronic poverty, fighting corruption and impunity, hunger among other challenges.
Rev Musyimi said: "My leadership will bring renewed dedication and commitment to education and in particular to village polytechnics and technical institutions, put more money into youth agenda and re-energize public institutions and public service as a whole so that they can serve the common good."
He enters the presidential race with little name recognition or money and will be a heavy underdog to rivals like Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta.
Other candidates in the race include Local Government minister Musalia Mudavadi, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, MPs Martha Karua (Gichugu), Eugene Wamalwa (Saboti and Bifwoli Wakoli (Bumula).