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Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 13:09 EATmmuthoni@kenyafreepress.com
The three Mathira Parliamentary aspirants have identified scarcity of water in the area as a campaign agenda as they woo voters 25 days remaining before the August 8 polls.
As the campaigns intensify the incumbent Mathira Peter Weru, Wambura Wa Maranga who is vying for the position as an independent candidate and Rigathi Gachagua, brother to the late Nderitu Gachagua have been launching water projects which the residents are benefitting from.
The three have been trying to outwit each other using water which is an essential asset not only to humans but also to animals to convince the residents that each is the right person to serve them after the elections. Rigathi launched a water project at Kangoco in Nyeri County. He said that almost 3,000 farmers are going to benefit from the on-going project and this will continue if he is elected the new MP during the August 8 polls.
“3,000 farmers are already benefitting from this project and we have agreed with the residents that more people will benefit when the project is extended when I win the parliamentary seat.” Rigathi said.
Earlier, Weru launched a water dam to benefit 10,000 farmers. The independent candidate, Wambura Wa Maranga also has been participating in launching water projects.
Resident of Mathira said that they have benefited from the projects ever since the campaigns started. They said that it will be easier for them to produce more, at the same time they will produce new products in the market.
From the moment the water projects started, the residents of Mathira do not go to the river anymore since they have water taps in their homes. They have a reason to smile as the water has been brought to their door step..
Meanwhile, also in Mathira constituency, another candidate by the name of Chris Kiruta is vying for the seat on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). Despite the county being perceived as a Jubilee stronghold Kiruta has gone full throttle in his campaigns engaging in door to door encounters in the area to woo Mathira residents. He has stood his ground defending ODM Party saying that it is a party like any other. He explains he joined ODM as a way to emphasize democracy and freedom of movement especially in campaigning.
Kiruta vied before for the seat on a KANU ticket in 2007, but lost. He has asked Kenyans to be tolerant and elect visionary leaders irrespective of their parties. He will be battling with Jubilee’s Rigathi Gachagua, incumbent Peter Weru, Wambura Waranga, George Warutere, Nancy Wanjiku, and Naphtali Wanjohi all contesting as independents.
Julliet Mwihaki contributed to reporting of this article