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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Uhuru, Deputy President tour vote-rich Kisii and Nyamira to launch projects

President Uhuru Kenyatta with the Vice President of China Communication Construction Company, Chen Yun at State House, Nairobi./PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta with the Vice President of China Communication Construction Company, Chen Yun at State House, Nairobi./PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto will today start a two-day tour of Kisii and Nyamira counties to hunt for votes.

Uhuru will traverse Nyamira, where he is expected to launch projects and address rallies at Magwagwa, Ikonge, Ekerenyo, Nyamira, Nyambaria and Nyansiongo.

Tomorrow, the President takes his campaigns to Kisii county. Kisii and Nyamira counties are considered ODM strongholds.

In the 2013 election, ODM leader Raila Odinga beat President Uhuru in the two counties.

The President and Deputy President have made several trips to the region.

In September last year, Ruto visited Kisii to popularise the Jubilee Party. Ruto has made more than 10 visits to the Kisii and Nyamira counties since 2013.

Jubilee appears to be making inroads, following the defection of key leaders. They include Kisii Senator Chris Obure and EALA MP Joseph Kiangoi. They ditched ODM for the Jubilee Party.

“The ground has shifted to Jubilee. The ODM leadership in the entire county from the governor to MPs has failed. President Uhuru will get the majority votes in Nyamira and JP will also wrestle some seats from ODM,” Nyamira speaker Joash Nyamoko said on Sunday

Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire, however, dismissed the President’s visit, saying the region remains firmly in ODM. “Kisii people are clever and will act accordingly. These trips are pointless because he is relaunching ongoing projects,” Bosire told the Star on the phone from Canada yesterday.

Bosire and his North Mugirango counterpart Charles Geni said the President should fulfil the promises he made to the people of Nyamira.

Geni, who is also in Canada for official PAC business, said, “We want IDPs from Nyamira compensated. The President also promised that Ekerenyo-Nyamusi-Chabera road will be tarmacked and Ekerenyo Subcounty Hospital will be elevated to a Level 4 status, which has not been done.”

The two lawmakers said empty promises and relaunching projects will not sway the Kisii community to support Jubilee.

Kitutu Chache North ODM parliamentary aspirant Elijah Kombo termed the visits “inconsequential”. “ODM is the party to beat in Kisii and Nyamira. The people of Kisii are fully behind Raila,” he said.

But Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi said Jubilee has done a lot in the county. He said the administration has equipped the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital. “Let nobody cheat you that President Kenyatta’s administration has done nothing in this county,” he said. He said the national government has installed street lights in Kisii town to promote business.

Bomachoge Borabu MP Joel Onyancha and Nyaribachi Chache’s Richard Tong’i said they are prepared to welcome the President.

Kisii Senator Chris Obure said they are drumming up support for Jubilee because the opposition has nothing to offer, saying they only dwell on criticism. Former CIC chairman Charles Nyachae said the region will benefit if residents reelect Jubilee leaders.

The leaders were addressing 900 party supporters on Sunday at the Water Park Resort at Gesonso in the outskirts of Kisii town.


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