DP Ruto returns to Western Kenya on vote hunting mission



Deputy President William Ruto on Monday returned to Western Kenya to drum up support for the Jubilee Party ahead of the August General Election.

Mr Ruto addressed rallies in Likuyani, Ndalu, Kapsokwony, Mumias, and Malava grounds in Bungoma and Kakamega Counties respectively; asking voters to back the Government whose agenda was to transform the lives of Kenyans.

He said it would be an uphill task for the National Super Alliance (Nasa) to win the August elections because they have no plan and agenda for Kenyans.

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Mr Ruto cautioned the electorate against voting for those he said were more concerned about creating positions for themselves as well as dividing the people on ethnic backgrounds, with the aim of wooing their support, at the expense of uniting them.

“No one votes with the intention of losing but to win. This is why you should vote for Jubilee as it is destined to win the next election because of its clear vision and agenda for this country,” said Mr Ruto.

The Deputy President said Kenyans want to have a peaceful election in August 8, so as to elect leaders and parties of their choice based on their development track records.

“There is no way Raila Odinga who has served in government for more than 30 years including being the country’s Prime Minister and who has nothing to show in terms of development can beat Jubilee which has in only four years initiated many projects which have been felt by the people,” said Mr Ruto.

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Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa (Water and Irrigation), Governor Kenneth Lusaka (Bungoma), MPs Robert Pukose (Endebes), John Waluke (Sirisia), Reginalda Wanyonyi (Women Rep) and Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East) were present.

Mr Wamalwa told off Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi for claiming that leaders from western allied to Jubilee were traitors.

“Why is it that when some of us decide to work with Jubilee, we are branded as traitors while when Musalia worked with retired presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki no one branded him as a traitor?’ asked Mr Wamalwa.

“This is a sign of desperation on the part of Musalia since he knows well Nasa is not going anywhere,” he added.

Mr Wamalwa told Nasa leaders to tell the people of Western what they did for them when they served in senior positions in previous regimes instead of criticizing Jubilee projects in the region.

“Mumias sugar factory, Nzoia sugar factory and Webuye Pan Paper Mills are now operational courtesy of the Jubilee Administration while our only University here, the Kibabii has been given charter by this regime,” said Mr Wamalwa.

Governor Lusaka told the people of western to review the work of leaders before making informed choices come August 8, saying leadership was about service delivery and not mere politicking.

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“I want to ask voters in this area that it’s only this Government that has demonstrated its commitment to solve the problems facing us. We should therefore vote it come August so as to be with the rest of Kenyans supporting the winning team,” said Mr Lusaka.

Mr Waluke said residents of Western Kenya are more enlightened and have decided to support Jubilee because of its development agenda for the region and the country at large.

“Our people have been in Opposition for long and have not benefitted from it in terms of development. This is why they have embraced Jubilee for the sake of development,” said Mr Waluke.

The Deputy President told members of the Luhya community that they were better off with the Jubilee Administration compared to Nasa, whose outfit comprised of leaders who have served the country in senior positions for many years and with nothing to show Kenyans in terms of development projects.

“In fact its time you switch your political allegiance to Jubilee because we have the commitment and capacity to solve challenges facing the country as demonstrated by what we have done for this country in four years time,” said Mr Ruto.

“You should not be left behind when the rest of Kenyans are embracing the winning team, which is Jubilee. You will not regret your support for us,” added the Deputy President.

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He said Jubilee was focused on uniting the country unlike the Opposition, which was bent on dividing the country on ethnic and political backgrounds.

Mr Ruto said Jubilee has connected 90,000 households up from 30,000 while the number has been increased from 25,000 to 65,000 in Kakamega and Bungoma Counties respectively under Jubilee in less than five years.

He said Jubilee plans to ensure all Kenyans get access to electricity in the next three years, saying 6.2million households been connected to power across the country up from 3.2million in 2013.

“We will connect electricity to all houses including the grass thatched houses because it is their right to have access to power,” said Mr Ruto.

The Deputy President dismissed plans by the Opposition to legalise changaa and busaa if it wins the August elections.

“Leaders who want to legalise busaa and changaa have no good intentions for our youths. We already have a problem with alcohol and drug abuse and someone wants to legalise them. This is sad,” said Mr Ruto.

He said the construction of railway, roads, technical colleges and connection of electricity are aimed at establishing industries, which in turn will create job opportunities for the youth.

“We cannot create jobs through legalization of changaa and busaa but through establishment of industries and modernization of agriculture to meet the needs of youths and farmers,” said the Deputy President.


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