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Thursday, 07 Sep 2017 17:00 EATbmulu@kenyafreepress.com
Kitui Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu is leading a campaign onslaught for NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka for the repeat presidential contest slated for October 17.
During meeting that had been convened by Ngilu at the Inter County Hotel in Kitui Town, the leaders formed county level committees for the NASA campaigns in the county. The meeting, according to sources endorsed Ngilu to lead the NASA campaigns in Kitui County. The leaders included the Members of Parliament, the clergy, Members of County Assembly, youth leaders, community based organisations and opinion leaders.
They castigated some Ukambani region’s people who voted for Jubilee Party and Uhuru Kenyatta during the Kenya’s August 8 general elections. Ngilu asked all the Kitui people to be free to work with her as their governor. “I am doing an open-door policy leadership in our county,” said the governor, adding, “The blame over the August 8 poll’s irregularities went to IEBC but Uhuru Kenyatta is the one who stole elections”.
She disclosed that the Kitui County had a total of 474,000 votes majority of which went to NASA candidate while the Jubilee Party got 64,000. "Today’s agenda is to prepare ourselves on how we are going to campaign for NASA. We must establish the authority in Kitui,” she said adding that they were happy over the annulment of Uhuru's election by the Supreme Court.
Kitui Central MP, Dr Benson Makali Mulu, said: “Now we must be very strict in Kitui County to campaign and vote for NASA. The people of Makueni County voted seriously for NASA but in Kitui and Machakos counties we didn’t vote impressively for NASA”.
Uhuru got two MPs in Kitui County-Dr.Rachael Kaki Nyamai of Kitui South Constituency and Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East). In Machakos County President Kenyatta got a total of 82,000 votes.
”The supreme court only restrained itself from saying that Uhuru and Ruto stole votes,” Mulu said and warned the local chiefs, District Officers and District Commissioners against campaigning for Jubilee Party in the region.
“If we find you (Provincial Administrators) doing so, we will deal with you firmly. Leave politics to politicians. The Kenya’s constitution says you must be neutral,” he said.
Mwingi Central MP Josephat Mutemi Mulyungi on his part said that in 2013 they knew that Uhuru and Ruto stole elections. “It is now confirmed that he has stolen again. And we are going to take him home.
“We are not ready to allow that kind of leadership in Kenya. So we must work hard to make sure that Uhuru and Ruto are not going to get votes in Kitui County”, he stated.
He hit out at them for castigating the judiciary targeting Chief Justice David Maraga and other Supreme Court Judges who nullified Kenyatta’s win. “You should not abuse the judiciary,” the MP added.
Mwingi West MP Charles Nguna lambasted those who gave Uhuru some 64,000 votes in Kitui County. Nguna said that they are going to combine all the forces in the county to show people that they are a one thing. He complained that the Jubilee government has done nothing in Kitui County in terms of development.
The first term MP said that the Chief Justice David Maraga and his team deserve to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because they did a good work in their ruling.
Kitui County Assembly Speaker George Mutua Ndoto, Kitui Rural MP Mwalika Mboni, MCAs and youth leaders also addressed the gathering among others.
Separately, the Kenya government has been called upon to consider the middle-aged people for stipend like the other beneficiaries in the country. The call was made by the middle-aged people from Nzambani District of Kitui County.
Led by John Wathe Mwenga, they were speaking during a meeting held at the Inyuu market in Thua Location, Nzambani District. They said that the aged from 67 years and youths in the country benefit from stipend by the government and that they too want to benefit from the same.
Boniface is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Kitui County