, MAKUENI, Kenya, Jul 20 – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has exuded confidence that it will retain the Makueni Senate seat after its candidate Mutula Kilonzo Junior was cleared by the electoral body to contest the next Friday’s by-election.
Speaking during the launch of Mutula Junior’s campaign, luminaries Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka said they are confident of registering a land slide victory.
They appealed to Makueni County residents to turn out in large numbers and cast their vote for the CORD candidate.
“I want to tell those who have frustrated us, that we shall have the last laugh,” said the former VP Musyoka.
“If you don’t turn up and cast your votes you will be giving our adversaries – the ones who put obstacles for Kethi Kilonzo – a chance to succeed, we want to win this by 10am.”
This is in reaction to various residents who have in the last week vowed to boycott the mini-polls after Kethi Kilonzo’s candidature was first revoked by the IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee and later by the High Court.
Kitui County Senator David Musila said he is confident that Mutula Junior will surpass the 192,890 votes his late father acquired during the March 4 polls.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga used his trademark parable to drive the point home.
This time he told Wote residents of a man who got annoyed with a tortoise that he threw it in the river thinking that it will drown only for it to re-emerge and swim as the children who were across the river chanted “he has thrown the tortoise into its home,” much to the chagrin of the irate man.
“Just like the tortoise, they thought that by blocking Kethi they had succeed only for (Mutula) Junior here to emerge, and he will swim to victory,” he said.
Siaya Senator James Orengo said he will relinquish the slot in the Senate Legal Affairs Committee as soon as Mutula Junior is elected.
On his part, Mutula Jr assured residents that he will work to ensure that the area realises the development agenda his late father had spelt out for it.
“Makueni is one of the richest counties in this country, we have so many resources than you can imagine. For instance why do we hang on to the claim that we are drought land when the Tana flows here, isn’t that water be put to good use?” posed the Makueni Senate candidate.
Jubilee Coalition candidate Phillip Kaloki came under heavy criticism on his claim that his election will see Makueni benefit from the government.
Mutula Jr, Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Senator Johnson Muthama urged the voters to reject his candidature because under the new governance structure public funds meant for the county are disbursed to county governments.
Mutula Jr said he was ready to face his challengers who include Narc Kenya’s Philip Kaloki, Labour Party of Kenya Jane Kitundu and PICK’s Harun Mwau.
The Wiper candidate was accompanied by party chairman David Musila, Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, Siaya Senator James Orengo, nominated senator Janet Ongera, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Leader of Minority in the National Assembly Francis Nyenze, Makueni MP Dan Maanzo and politician Kalembe Ndile.
The leaders will crisscross the County campaigning for Mr Kilonzo before converging at Wote Town for a rally where former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka are expected to attend.
The mini poll is slated for July 26.