September 21st 2017

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President Uhuru’s West Pokot tour widens tensions between Jubilee, KANU

The county senator Samwel Pogisho also elected on KANU ticket said that he is also expecting the President to recognize the County which he is expecting to gain enough support from and hopes that the people of KANU and Jubilee will work together with everyone having a contribution to make.

By Trizza Kimanitkimani@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 07 Sep 2017 12:43 EAT

President Kenyatta (centre) dances with KANU Chairman Gideon Moi (right) and the party's secretary general Nick Salat.

With only 39 days left for the presidential polls rematch, President Uhuru Kenyatta will today visit Chepararia in West Pokot County, a region where Jubilee Party got three Members of Parliament while the governor’s seat and that of senator went to KANU which is also allied to the ruling party.

The new governor, Prof. John Lonyangapuo, was elected on a KANU ticket, and the party’s National Chairman and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi attended his inauguration that attracted leaders from Baringo and Turkana counties. Prof. Lonyangapuo said that West Pokot is ready to receive President Kenyatta, listen to the agenda and also to reaffirm what he is going to do in the development sector of the county.

The county senator Samwel Pogisho also said that he is expecting the president to recognize the county and that he hopes that the people of KANU and Jubilee will work together with everyone having a contribution to make. He affirmed that one of his agenda together with the governor is to shape the county and work hard since everyone has a role to play. “West Pokot County will emerge a very peaceful county”, he concluded.

The Pokot South Member of Parliament David Lusaiko, who was elected on Jubilee, addressed a rally yesterday to prepare the people for the president's visit and he tried to convince them to once again vote for the president, but the people reacted badly to his address. Many in the crowd said it was upon them to decide who to vote for.

In matters of the Supreme Court ruling, the Jubilee camp claimed that they do not welcome the ruling but KANU has supported the ruling because they were undermined on the August 8 polls and also used to clash with the Jubilee people and bar each other whenever President Uhuru visited the county.

And with former governor Simon Kachapin filing a petition citing irregularities and other electoral malpractices to have election of John Lonyangapuo nullified, there is no love lost between the two. Kachapin has stood ground that Lonyangapuo has to go saying he has enough evidence to have the petition successful.

It is surprising that Kachapin is petitioning the election of Prof Lonyangapuo having conceded defeat after the results were announced. Prof Lonyangapuo garnered 86,822 votes after completion of the tallying exercise at Mtelo Hall in Kapenguria while Kachapin, who got 63,691 votes, conceded defeat.

From West Pokot, Uhuru will travel to Bungoma, where he is expected to visit Kimilili constituency to specifically thank residents for supporting Jubilee MP Dismus Wekesa Baraza.

On Friday, September 8, the president takes his campaigns to Kericho and Nakuru counties where he will address residents at Kapkatet and Naivasha respectively.

The President will wrap up the first round of his campaign blitz on Saturday, September 9, with a meet-the-people tour of Nairobi County.

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