, NAIROBI, Kenya, March 3 – Campaigns are in top gear in Malindi and Kericho as leaders from both the government and opposition set up camps to drum up support for their candidates ahead of the March 7 by-elections.
In Malindi, Deputy President William Ruto led the search for votes for Jubilee party candidate Philip Charo where he addressed Kenyans during stopovers before heading for a major rally at Mutere Karima primary school grounds.
During the rally, the DP challenged locals to support Jubilee to ensure they are in the Government after the by-election.
- Philip Charo of Jubilee and ODM's Willy Mtengo seek to replace immediate former area MP Dan Kazungu following his appointment as Mining Cabinet Secretary.
- Both the government and CORD principals have been camping in the constituency to woo voters.
“The government is this and the opportunity is here. The date is March 7th 2016 when you will decide whether to walk with us or you are going to continue playing a game of cards. As the Jubilee government, we have shown you through our actions that we are ready to work with the people of Malindi in government,” he stated.
He discouraged them from following individuals who were only interested in what he terms as empty rhetoric.
“We are not joking since we know what we are involved in affects the lives of Kenyans and we will be united in that. We have decided that in as far as Gideon Mung’aro is concerned, where president Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are, that is where he will sit and the person to ensure that happens is Philip Charo,” he stated.
Ruto challenged locals to support Jubilee to ensure they are in the Government after the by-election instead of following individuals who are only interested in empty rhetoric.
“It is obvious that the Opposition has no strategy to develop this country. I urge you to shift gears if you are keen on uplifting your socio-economic standards,” he said.
“Jubilee is ready to serve all Kenyans without any discrimination as demonstrated by the appointment of Dan Kazungu to the Cabinet irrespective of his political affiliation.”
The Deputy President further urged voters in the area to utilize their voting rights wisely by electing the Jubilee candidate terming him as a credible leader who is capable of addressing their interests.
“You will have the opportunity on March 7 to choose between our competitors who keep on speaking about the problems facing the people of Coast and Jubilee which has demonstrated commitment to solving your problems,” he stated.
The CORD co principals are also in Malindi where they are be campaigning for ODM’s Willy Mtengo.
In Kericho, a section of teachers led by the Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion have declared their support for Kanu’s Paul Sang.