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Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 18:52 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
It was a show of might when Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and his nominated counterpart, Beatrice Elachi, when they landed at a remote village in Machakos County in three choppers to popularize Jubilee Party. Yiumbuni village in Katangi ward, Yatta Sub County, became the centre of attraction after the two landed accompanied by a host of MCAs from Nairobi and two from Machakos to preside over a harambee for the purchase of two school buses for Yiumbuni and Kyua Secondary Schools.
They urged the Kamba community to rally behind the government for the sake of development. “I am asking women from this region to pray hard that the Kamba community joins the government. Kambas have a good history of working with the government of the day and they cannot afford to be left out this time round”, said Senator Elachi.
She said that even with the coming of county governments, it would always be important for any community to work with the national government because the big share of budget still remains with it. Sonko said that the Jubilee government had initiated a lot of development projects in the region despite being in the opposition and it will be only prudent for the community to reciprocate by voting it back.
“When you talk of education for example, our Form 4 and Class 8 candidates are not being asked to pay the examination fee, many of our roads in the region are currently under construction and our Level 5 hospitals have been equipped to offer the same services being offered at Kenyatta hospital”, he said.
Sonko who has declared interest in the Nairobi Governor’s seat urged the community not to be swayed with politics of empty talk and mere rhetoric. A commissioner of the ODM Elections Board, Peter Mutulu, welcomed Sonko’s political stand saying that it was also good to have some leaders from the region working with the government.
“We cannot afford to have all our eggs in the same basket, as a region we are very proud of your political stand and we want you to continue being on that side so that if there are some good things from that end you inform us in good time”, Mutulu, a fierce critic of the Jubilee government, told Sonko.
The Nairobi MCAs who accompanied Senator Sonko said that they were totally behind him for the Nairobi gubernatorial race and urged Kambas living in Nairobi to register in Nairobi and vote for the Sonko team. The harambee organized by the board of management of the two schools under the chairmanship of David Kinyae raised over Sh10 million.