Top Stories / 2017 Elections
Thursday, 07 Sep 2017 14:41 EATlmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
Following the August 8th elections many leaders who lost in their respective seats are now lining up with either President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party of his arch-rival NASA’s Raila Odinga.
Former Meru governor Peter Munya, who is fighting over PNU leadership defected and joined NASA in support of Raila Odinga’s win during the October 17, Presidential re-run. Munya lost to Kiraitu Murungi of Jubilee, but has vowed to fight a court petition to have Kiraitu’s win nullified. “I have joined NASA to be on the history making side and get rid of the thieves”, Munya said.
Ukambani leaders led by outgoing Kitui Senator and former Wiper chairman, David Musila have on their side thrown weight behind Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.” As Kamba leaders we can’t afford to see our community continue to remain in opposition any longer and that’s why we wish to affirm our support for re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta,” David Musila declared.
Makueni Jubilee gubernatorial candidate who lost to the incumbent Prof Kivutha Kibwana of NASA running mate Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party, Gideon Ndambuki also gave reasons why the Kamba community should support re-election of President Kenyatta. Prof Kibwana won with 164,002 votes while David Masika of new Democrats had 14,705, and Benard Kiilu garnering 952 votes. Mr Ndambuki trailed after he garnered 7,134 votes.
“We have resolved to mobilize the Kamba community in Makueni County to support the re-election of President Kenyatta and that of his deputy William Ruto,” he said.
Meanwhile President Kenyatta met with the ambassadors, religious leaders, and the high commissioners yesterday at the state house Nairobi to brief them on preparations of the next month’s presidential repeat elections. The briefing followed growing tension after NASA rejected the election date which IEBC set for October 17th a day that NASA has contested.
The President has reaffirmed the date saying it should not interfere with the academic cycle. Mr Odinga in his objection said that the children of Kenya will not die if the election date was pushed by two weeks.
On Tuesday the President met a delegation of Western leaders at State House, Nairobi. The leaders agreed with the head of state to campaign at the grassroots together and retain Jubilee victory in the October 17 re-election. He thanked the people of Western for their support in last month’s polls.
The delegation was led by Water CS Eugene Wamalwa, and included Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and chief whip Benjamin Washiali.
During the meeting, former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga led the leaders from Western in pledging support for the President and his deputy in the October 17 repeat election.