KAKAMEGA, Kenya, Jun 17 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday urged residents of Kakamega County not to fall prey to the antics of the opposition, asking them to support Jubilee for development and progress.
President Kenyatta pointed out that the many development projects implemented by the national Government, even when majority of county residents did not vote for him in 2013, are proof that his administration cares for the welfare of residents of Kakamega County the same way he does with the rest of Kenya.
“We implemented development for you even when we knew many people from here did not vote for us. We assure you that we will do more for you because we are confident that you will vote for us based on our development track record,” President Kenyatta said as he wooed the residents to vote for Jubilee.
The President, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and a host of other leaders, spoke on Saturday as he kicked off Jubilee campaigns in Kakamega County at Senator Bonny Khalwale’s home ground of Malinya in Ikolomani Constituency.
The President made stops at Khayega, Shinyalu and Murhanda to address residents, assuring them that his administration will continue making heavy investments in development to uplift their lives.
He also warned traders against selling subsidised maize flour at higher prices than the recommended Kshs 90 per a two Kilogram packet.
“As we work to bridge the maize shortage, I want to warn traders that those who will be found to be hoarding or selling the subsidised maize flour at higher than the recommended Government price will be prosecuted,” he said.
Highlighting his administration’s delivery track record, President Kenyatta said he is focused on transforming all parts of the country without discrimination.
On infrastructure, President Kenyatta said his administration initiated the construction of over 250 kilometres of tarmack roads in Kakamega County, some of which are completed while others are at various stages of completion.
The President also spoke on health where he said the national Government has equipped Kakamega Level 5 and Malava Level 4 with enhanced medical equipment under the Managed Equipment Services (MES) at a cost of Kshs 460 million and 380 million respectively.
“This has ensured that residents can now enjoy specialized healthcare at the grassroots level instead of having to travel long distances to either Kenyatta National Hospital or the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret which were previously the only public health facilities providing the specialized medical care,” President Kenyatta said.
He said the provision of free maternity has seen an increase of mothers delivering in public health facilities resulting in a reduction of child and maternal mortality.
On electricity, President Kenyatta said his administration has accelerated connectivity in the county in the four years it has been in office.
A total of 76,190 households have been connected to the grid up from just 31,773 households in 2013. Over 800 primary schools in Kakamega County are also currently on the grid.
Deputy President Ruto asked the people of Kakamega to vote for Jubilee – the winning party – instead of wasting their votes on the opposition which has no focus and does not care for their welfare.
“Do not gamble with your votes. Let’s walk together on this journey so that you join us in forming Government after the August 8 polls,” the Deputy President said.
Kakamega leaders, including Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali, said they support Jubilee and will not agree to be used by the opposition again to further their selfish interests as happened in the past.
They said the political terrain in Kakamega and Western Kenya in general has shifted in favour of Jubilee and the opposition should stop boasting that the region is their stronghold.