November 21st 2017

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Clash between Jubilee and Independents mar President Kenyatta’s Murang’a tour

They also demanded that Equity Bank Chairman Peter Munga, who attended a recent fundraiser in support of Mr Kenyatta’s re-election bid, leave

By Joshua Mwangangijmwangangi@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 21 Jun 2017 17:12 EAT

President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto addressing residents of Murang'a County on stop-overs at Kahaini and Kabati centres.

President Uhuru Kenyatta faced his supporters turn against each as he started his campaign tour of Murang’a County today. Jubilee candidates clashed with Independent candidates at Blue Post Hotel in Thika which divides Kiambu and Murang’a counties. The ruling party candidates demanded that the Independents leave the hotel before the President arrived.

Police had to intervene as verbal clashes degenerated into  fights as the party’s nominees led by Kiharu MP Irungu Kang'ata demanded that Murang’a Independent candidate for Senate seat Kembi Gitura leave the hotel where the candidates were waiting for the President.

“We demand that Kembi leave the hotel because he is not the party's candidate. I won the primaries,” he said.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia was forced to leave after the nominees accused him of supporting some independents. They also demanded that Equity Bank Chairman Peter Munga, who attended a recent fundraiser in support of Mr Kenyatta’s re-election bid, leave.

Meanwhile residents blocked the roads leading to Maragua Town from Kenol claiming that the government has ignored their plight of improving infrastructure in the region only to renovate it during Uhuru’s tour.

They directed their anger to the CS James Wainaina Macharia and the outgoing Maragua Member of Parliament Peter Kamande accusing them  of failing to implement the proposed projects of improving the roads in that region after an order by Deputy President William Ruto ordered  during his tour last year.

They said that the roads had been budgeted for during the financial year of 2016/2016. Kamande lost during nominations to his  rival who is also nominated member of County Assembly Mary Waithera Njoroge.

The angered residents complained of potholes in the region and demanded that they be repaired saying the President’s visit is intended only to convince him that the leaders are playing their role of implementing projects. They vowed not to tolerate that to happen.

President Kenyatta however later toured the County despite the public spat. The President has made sixteen stop-overs in Murang'a before addressing a major rally at Ihura stadium in Murang'a town.

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