, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 – Kamba leaders have assured President Uhuru Kenyatta of their support in his campaigns ahead of next month’s repeat presidential election.
The leaders who attended a meeting at State House, Nairobi included Governors Mike Sonko, Alfred Mutua, Ambassador Kiema Kilonzo, David Musila and Masinga MP Itwiku Mbai.
Musila who lost the Kitui gubernatorial contest to Charity Ngilu told President Kenyatta that he will marshal support for Jubilee from Tuesday to ensure he gets more votes from Ukambani.
“We urge all leaders to hit the ground running in their own backyards and drum support for President Kenyatta’s re-election. We will go door-to-door,” Musila stated.
On his part, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua said it was time for the people of Ukambani to realign themselves with a ruling government.
“It’s not about Raila or Uhuru, it’s about development and who can bring more development to a nation. President Kenyatta has a proven track record of development, Maendeleo Chap Chap will support President Uhuru Kenyatta” Mutua noted.
The meeting was also attended by Kitui South MP Rachel Nyamai who took issue with Kalonzo Musyoka’s decision to carry an M-PESA paybill banner seeking funds for NASA.
The meeting is part of a wide strategy by Jubilee to consolidate more support from Ukambani and Western Kenya that are largely considered Opposition strongholds.
President Kenyatta called for peace, and urged the leaders to shun tribalism.
“Tribalism has taken us way back, we must cease and refuse this kind of politics going forward,” said President Kenyatta.
Earlier, President Kenyatta met with business leaders and assured them that Kenya is stable and no one will be allowed to disrupt peace before, during or after next month’s presidential election.
President Kenyatta said the Executive and Judiciary are functional while the Legislature opens Tuesday and the law making process will continue.
He told them to ignore political rhetoric, continue with the growth expansion plans and forge ahead, creating jobs for the youth.
Kenya Private Sector Alliance CEO Carole Kariuki commended President Kenyatta for his commitment to peace and ensuring a conducive environment for business prevails even during the electioneering period.
Political realignments continue to take centre stage in both sides of the political divide.
Former Meru Governor Peter Munya shifted camp to the Opposition after he lost to Kiraitu Murungi, while former Bomet Governor and NASA co-principal Isaac Ruto went back to the ruling Jubilee Party.
Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has on the other hand quit his Wiper Party.