Campaigns hot up ahead of Monday’s by-elections

September 14, 2012 6:55 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 14 – Campaigns for the Kajiado North by-election intensified with only a day left to the end of the official campaign period ahead of voting day on Monday as parties criss-crossed Ngong, Kiserian, Ongata Rongai, Kitengela, Isinya and Loitoktok in search of votes.

Candidates participating in the Kajiado North poll received major boosts after they were joined by their party leaders in the last minute attempt to sway voters to their side.

ODM Party Leader and Prime Minister Raila Odinga returned to the area and addressed public rallies in Kitengela , Ongata Rongai , Kiserian and Ngong townships to drum up support for the ODM candidate Peter ole Mositet.

Odinga used the occasion to assure Kenyans that they will reap benefits of the Constitution after the March 4 general election but cautioned that they must elect leaders who were ready to implement it.

The premier warned that the implementation of the constitution must be safeguarded against sabotage by elements not committed to its implementation.

Meanwhile, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka led the Wiper campaign team in a day-long campaign trail for the party’s candidate Solomon Kinyanjui.

Musyoka made a passionate appeal to the constituents to elect Kinyanjui saying that he is better placed to promote peace and harmony in the area that is largely cosmopolitan.

He at the same time assured that the WDP candidate will be able to complete projects that were initiated by the late area Member of Parliament George Saitoti.

“Peace and tranquility that the late Prof Saitoti stood for need to be guarded zealously and I’m confident that Kinyanjui will do exactly that and unite the people of this constituency if elected,” Musyoka said.

On his presidential bid, the vice president assured that he will oversee full implementation of the constitution if elected so that every Kenyans enjoy their rights.

Musyoka said he will promote a 24-hour economy to enable the youth secure employment and spur economic growth and investment.

The National Alliance Party leader Uhuru Kenyatta was also in the area to drum up support for Moses ole Sakuda.

The Kajiado North parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of Saitoti in a helicopter crash in June..

The seat fell vacant following the death of Saitoti in a helicopter crash in June.

On Saturday, Kenyatta is expected to join Kangema TNA candidate Tirus Ngahu as he seeks to convince residents that he is the best placed person to take over from the late Environment Minister John Michuki. Michuki passed away in February from illness.

Odinga will be in Ndhiwa to campaign for Neto Oyugi who will be hoping to secure the seat for ODM, despite a rebellion by ODM nomination losers to back KANU Candidate Tom Alila.

The ODM losers argue that by backing the KANU man, they will teach Odinga and the Orange party a lesson after it gave Neto the ticket despite complains of irregularities during nomination process.


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