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Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 20:34 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto made an intensive campaign tour of Machakos County today just two days after being postponed on Sunday. And in a surprise turn of events Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) changed its campaign calendar and scheduled an impromptu campaign tour of Machakos County becoming the battle ground for the two main contenders.
“Kindly note that the scheduled rally for Kitui has been postponed to a date that will be announced later. However there shall be NASA events in Machakos tomorrow 5th July, 2017 as follows: Katangi -11.00 am, Ndithini - 1.00 pm, Matuu- 3.00 pm and Mwala (Makutano) – 4.00 pm.
Governor aspirant Wavinya Ndeti to join NASA Principals Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka and Hon. Musalia Mudavadi as they lead the meet the people tours”, said a brief media invite by Ms Kathleen Openda, Director, Communications and Press Secretary, Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Secretariat.
The President and his Deputy William Ruto first toured Masinga Sub County where they were welcomed by area MP Itwiku Mbai in Ekalakala town. NASA leaders from the County snubbed the President. And surprisingly, Machakos governor Dr Alfed Mutua whose party Maendeleo Chap Chap is campaigning for the re-election of President Kenyatta was conspicuously missing at Masinga.
Dr Mutua had earlier confirmed that he won’t attend the Presidential entourage since it was a Jubilee Party affair. Due to the hostility his campaign has faced in his own home turf, under the platform of supporting neither Jubilee nor NASA’s Presidential candidates.
Parliamentary Majority Leader Parliament Aden Duale is among those who accompanied the president during his Machakos tour. President Kenyatta commissioned the upgrading of Matuu- Ekalakala- Kakuku and Katulani-Kyasioni roads in Machakos County.
However the President’s tour of Machakos also faced hostility and some leaders were not allowed to speak as their voices were drowned out by incessant heckling from the crowd. Even Jubilee T-shirts were burnt and a picture of a dog fitted with a Jubilee cap was being circulated in WhatsApp groups in Machakos.
Despite all this his promises were welcomed by citizens differently and they tried to express their opinions on social media.
“This road was launched back in 2013 by Machakos County government, now this is the sixth time Jubilee is launching it without any construction, this is a big joke and an insult to the people of Machakos County particularly in Matuu and Masinga sub counties. DP Ruto launched KMTC in Matuu in 2013 and up to now it has not been constructed. This is just playing psychology with Machakos people”, commented Joseph Katumo on Facebook.
The president did not go back empty handed he also got assurance from his supporters who promised to vote for him again.
“Thanks uhuru we will vote for u not Raila he has no agenda in Ukambani”, commented Hodari Bowbow on Facebook.
It has turned to an exchange of political opinions on social media as everyone wants to quench his or her thirst concerning Kenyatta’s visit to Ukambani.
“Ekalakala is my home turf and that road has been used by everyone to ask for votes, Uhuru Kenyatta the construction of the road can trigger a pull up of voter turnout in an area that has experienced apathy in previous elections due to this road. And guess who knows if the turn out will not favour you”, Nicholas Muendo posted on his Facebook page.
This exchange of words on social media was in reaction to President Kenyatta’s visit to Ukambani while his main challenger and NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga took his campaign to Kiambu County, the home turf of the President. Raila yesterday also welcomed defectors from Kiambu in Orange house.
“Where have you been for the last 4years? Today is only the day that you have remembered Machakos do exist, Machakos is a NASA zone my friend, you are wasting time”, wrote Zack yule mc on Facebook.
The president visited Kitui and Makueni counties on Friday and Saturday respectively.