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Friday, 30 Jun 2017 19:39 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta today started a three-day campaign blitz in Lower Eastern, the home-turf of NASA running mate Kalonzo Musyoka as he outlined government development in the region seeking for Kamba support in his re-election bid. Kitui County was his first stop-over where he commissioned several development projects. The President will tour Makueni and Machakos counties tomorrow and Sunday respectively.
His today’s first rally took place at Kyuso town in Kitui County. President Uhuru launched the Kiambere water project which will pump water from Tana River to curb the scarcity of water in Kyuso and Mwingi Sub-counties. The project will be implemented by the Government of Kenya in conjunction with Italian Government.
The residents were eager to hear what the president would say concerning the issues of insecurity which has left them hopelessly due to frequent attacks by bandits from the neighboring Tana River County. Many have lost their lives while others have fled their homes in fear of attacks.
President Uhuru told the residents of Kyuso that his main focus is transforming the lives of every Kenyan unlike their opponents who are concerned about their personal interests. He also said that he is confident that Jubilee will win during the upcoming elections and urged the residents to vote for Jubilee in large numbers.
“We are in Kyuso, Kitui County, to appeal to residents to vote for Jubilee because we are focused on transforming the lives of every Kenyan unlike our opponents who are only concerned about their personal welfare”, said Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Uhuru also addressed the residents of Mwingi at Musila Gardens in Mwingi town and made a lot of promises to the residents to be fulfilled if he is re-elected during the upcoming elections. Those who were present included Mwingi central MP Mr Joel Mutambu and Nairobi senator Mike Sonko. The leaders who attended the rally criticized the opposition especially Deputy President William Ruto who accused the NASA Coalition of working with people involved in corrupt business cartels. Ruto promised the residents that he will implement a lot of irrigation projects in the area if Jubilee is re-elected.
In Mutomo security personnel had been deployed to ensure enough security for the Commander in chief of the armed forces during his campaign tour. The President inspected the progress of the construction of Kibwezi-Kitui-Mwingi road which he launched last year during his visit to the area.
The three gubernatorial candidates Former land minister Ms Charity Ngilu, Governor Dr Julius Malombe and Kitui Senator Mr David Musila stayed away from the President Kenyatta’s entourage presumably to avoid a backlash from the residents who are more supportive of NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka.