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Macharia 2007

At the Polls

This weekend I got an email from Edwin Macharia, a friend from college. He was writing everyone to announce his candidacy for Parliament in Kenya. I was shocked and very proud. Edwin's motivation has always been to serve his people as best he could. I'm glad to know that hasn't changed.

Follow the jump for his message to friends and supporters.

Hi friends,

As you all know, I have always been focused on how I could best serve in moving forward Kenya’s and broadly Africa’s development. -From Amherst, through McKinsey and currently at the Clinton Foundation, my work has been exactly that, and I am now looking to take it to the next level. I have spoken with several of you in the period and received a lot of great advice as well as some challenging questions.

As a result, I have decided to run for Parliament in my home constituency of Kieni during the upcoming 2007 Kenyan elections. Like many, I have grown increasingly frustrated by the general make up of our current political leadership so I want to play a role in changing it by moving from the proverbial armchair conversation to the campaign trail.

My overall message is quite simple, focusing on the need for a new kind of leadership that can creatively wrestle with problems, both locally as well as nationally and internationally. Over the last 4 weeks of being on the trail, this has resonated strongly with voters, clearly showing that they have been yearning for a viable alternative and a different approach to leadership.

To make all this possible, I am turning to you as a friend for support as I will be taking on a well known incumbent – he was once the Minister for Internal Security then Minister for Transport before being dropped when linked with corruption charges (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Murungaru for more details). Your support can take many forms, including making a financial contribution to the campaign. While big checks are most welcome, I’ll also appreciate your assistance in approaching like-minded individuals who would be interested in supporting a new way of approaching politics and development. Similarly ideas and contacts I can leverage on the ground will be much appreciated.

Let me know how you would like to be involved and we can work together to identify the most convenient and helpful way for you to do that. I’ll be setting up a website as well as a emailing out regular updates. Let me know if there is a more appropriate email address to send those to.

I look forward to hearing from you in the next few days. Feel free to share this email with any other individuals who would be interested.



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