, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka was on Tuesday afternoon courting fresh political controversy after declaring that the Orange Democratic Movement was too divided to win the Kamukunji by-election.
Mr Musyoka led a spirited last-minute campaign in the area to drum up support for Party of National Unity candidate Yusuf Hassan who is one of the front runners in the hotly contested mini poll.
The VP, Deputy Prime Minster Uhuru Kenyatta, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and Health Minister Beth Mugo led a host of leaders including Members of Parliament to try and win more support for the PNU candidate.
In his first stop in Buruburu he stated: “Let us vote for Hassan because despite all the other good credentials he has, he belongs to a house that is united. Look for instance at our rivals, whom I will not name (read ODM). Their house is burning, people do not have the freedom to express themselves; others are being taken to court. They cannot produce a leader,” he said of ODM’s bid to kick out rebel members.
Mr Musyoka also called on employers to give time for workers from Kamukunji constituency to exercise their civic rights.
Makadara MP Gidion Mbuvi popularly known as ‘Sonko’ of Narc Kenya also joined in the campaigns moments after he was ejected from Parliament for wearing his trademark stud. He was accompanied by Juja’s William Kabogo also of Narc Kenya. Both have broken ranks with party leader Martha Karua since the party has Brian Weke as its candidate in Kamukunji.
The leaders traversed various estates in Kamukunji, while occasionally addressing roadside gatherings where they hit out at ODM, and urged for a massive turnout in Thursday’s mini poll.
Mr Kenyatta called on the residents to turn up in large numbers at polling stations to support Mr Hassan just as they had turned out in campaign rallies.
“Declaring that we will support Hassan is one thing just as turning out to vote is another thing. I want you to turn up in numbers on Thursday and cast your votes for our candidate,” he urged.
“We want a leader who will be accountable, who will unite us and not cause us to fight and the one who will defend the rights of every Kamukunji constituent,” he added.
The PNU campaign team ended the day at the historic Kamukunji grounds with a rallying call for a large voter turnout.
ODM and Narc Kenya teams also separately intensified campaigns for their candidates Ahmed Ibrahim popularly known as ‘Johnnie’ and Mr Weke respectively with large trucks fitted with public address systems as well as distributing party T-shirts and posters for the candidates.
Although supporters of different candidates occasionally bumped into each other, no ugly incidences of violence were witnessed as everybody went about their business peacefully.Campaigns have affectively ended ahead of Thursday’s poll.