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Mt Kenya region will not vote blindly - PS Kibicho

The PS also rallied Kirinyaga residents to vote wisely.

In Summary

• This comes as the country continues to prepare for the 2022 General Election, and the presidential aspirants woo votes across the country.

• Kibicho said presidential hopefuls should not be in haste in persuading Mt Kenya residents to back them up before outlining how the region will benefit.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho addressing Ndia residents in Kirinyaga County on Friday.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho addressing Ndia residents in Kirinyaga County on Friday.
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At the opportune time, Mt Kenya region will demand its rightful share, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho has told presidential aspirants.

This comes as the country continues to prepare for the 2022 General Election, and the presidential aspirants woo votes across the country.

Kibicho said presidential hopefuls should not be in haste in persuading Mt Kenya residents to back them up before outlining how the region will benefit.

Speaking on Friday, Kibicho said the region will not vote blindly but will assess all candidates and weigh their determination to help the region.

"We have our irreducible minimums and we are stopping at nothing in terms of knowing how our lives will transform when you assume power."

"We are in the right frame of mind and we know what is best for us. We cannot hide our faces in the sand and pretend that we don't have needs. For example, in Kirinyaga county, we still have mud classrooms that require attention,” Kibicho said.

The PS also rallied Kirinyaga residents to vote wisely as their decision will have a positive or negative impact on their lives.

He spoke in Ndia, and Kirinyaga Central during peace rallies to tell Kirinyaga residents to maintain order during the Mashujaa fete which will be held in Wang'uru stadium.

Kibicho also called on all qualified unregistered voters to show up in their respective stations and get registered.

He said that as the ministry, they are determined to fast track the process of issuing identity cards to enable as many Kenyans as possible to participate in next year's election.

Further, he called on the IEBC to exercise flexibility on voter registration process by conducting another registration drive early next year.

"Between now and next year, we will have Kenyans who will have attained 18 years and above and will be eligible to vote. In that regard, I call on the electoral agency to consider conducting another massive registration campaign to absorb the new voters."

Kirinyaga Woman Rep Wangui Ngirici speaking in Ndia Constituency on Friday.
WANGECHI WANG'ONDU Kirinyaga Woman Rep Wangui Ngirici speaking in Ndia Constituency on Friday.

County Woman Rep. Wangui Ngirici who accompanied the PS called on over 200,000 county residents to heed to government's call to register as voters.

Ngiric noted that the acquisition of voters' IDs was the only weapon that would change the bad leadership narrative.

"We keep lamenting that our leadership is wanting but when given an opportunity to change we assume it. Let this season be a turning point and let's register in huge numbers so that we can have development-minded leaders."

Ngirici, also urged the IEBC to embrace modern registration exercises so as to reduce inconveniences during polling.

She also emphasised the need for civic education so as to enlighten the public on the importance of exercise.

"We need to start using a mega register that can easily be accessible and easy to clean."

Ngiric said she is still determined to battle it out for the governor's seat come next year.