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Kenya – Uhuru and Raila battle for swing votes

Star (Kenya)

Jun. 19, 2017, 1:00 am

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy Willliam Ruto greet residents of Kiambu during a meet-the-people tour of the area on Sunday. /REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy Willliam Ruto greet residents of Kiambu during a meet-the-people tour of the area on Sunday. /REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

Both President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM candidate Raila Odinga are focussing their attention on swing votes as they consolidate their strongholds, five weeks to the election.

The plan by both candidates is to ensure that their strongholds turn out, almost to the last man and woman, to vote for them as they seek swing votes from regions their strategists describe as battlegrounds.

Bomet, Narok, Kisii, Meru and Tharaka Nithi are among the 13 counties that have become the epicentre of a ferocious political battle between Kenyatta and Odinga. Of the 13 swing counties, Odinga won seven counties at the last election, while Uhuru ran away with six.

Kenyatta beat Odinga in Isiolo, garnering 26,401 against Raila’s 14,108, in Mandera he got 94,433 against Raila’s 4,366, while in Kajiado Uhuru led by 138, 851 against Raila’s 117,856.

Kenyatta also beat Odinga in West Pokot, garnering 79,772 against 24,952.

However, Odinga beat Kenyatta in Nairobi by 691,156 against 659,490, Turkana 68,402 against Uhuru’s 30,285, Samburu 31,086 against 22,085, Trans Nzoia 92,035 against 74,466, Wajir 49,712 against 38,927, and Narok 118,623 against 109,413. In total, Odinga won in 27 of the 47 counties. An internal NASA document claims that the counties where Odinga won in 2013 had a total of 8,373,840 voters, compared to 5,977,056 in the 20 counties won by Uhuru. According to the strategy document seen by the Star, Odinga was disadvantaged by turnout.

The counties won by Odinga averaged a turnout rate of about 83 per cent compared to counties won by Uhuru that averaged 89.7 per cent.

At the same time, where Uhuru won, he won big, averaging 86 per cent of the votes.

Odinga’s average vote share in the 27 counties was a mere 70 per cent.

In what has given birth to the controversial slogan “10 Million Strong”, NASA says if the 2013 voting patterns are maintained, the counties won by Raila currently have 10,547,913 registered voters, compared to 7,556,609 in the counties where Uhuru prevailed.

This means Odinga’s chances of unseating Kenyatta are hinged on turnout.

Raila, who concluded a two-days campaign blitz in Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties on Saturday, the fourth such visit in six months, is convinced that he will get maximum turnout.

“The overwhelming reception we got from those two areas leaves no doubt that the ground has shifted in our favour,” said Raila yesterday. After visiting his home county of Kiambu yesterday, Uhuru will head to Meru to try and undo any gains Raila may have made. Raila is also heading to Western Kenya this week to seek to do the same in the wake of UhuRuto’s campaign tour of last week.

Although latest opinion polls have suggested a runoff, both NASA and Jubilee are pushing for round one victory.

Both sides are going flat out to get the majority votes in the counties of Nairobi, Narok, Kajiado, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana and Samburu.

Once considered to be under lock and key by Jubilee, Meru is becoming restive and recent events in the area have alarmed the ruling party to the possibility that Raila could be penetrating the region.

In his last two visits, including last weekend, Raila drew large, enthusiastic crowds that have made NASA buoyant.

“If President Uhuru Kenyatta will not change the team in Meru, it will cost him a great deal in this election,” Meru Governor Peter Munya warned recently.

Jubilee’s Meru campaign team is led by Senator Kiraitu Murungi and Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi, but Munya said the two have “lost touch with the voters” and have no clout to deliver votes to Jubilee.

At a recent Jubilee function in Igembe North constituency, Kiraitu, once seen as the region’s political supremo, was shouted down, when he tried to dissuade locals against the former Prime Minister.

In a video recording that has gone viral, the people of Igembe North shouted “NASA!” in what appears to have surprised Kiraitu, who stood beside Igembe North parliamentary aspirant Maoka Maore.

In an interview with the Star, Jubilee Mount Kenya Youth Chairman Linford Mutembei said Uhuru should visit Meru “as things are getting out of hand”.

“He should come in person and camp in Meru for about three days. The President should also form a new campaign team with a youthful face if he wants to win in Meru. Otherwise the majority of the Meru electorates will vote for NASA,” Mutembei warned.

The NASA Coordinator in Tharaka Nithi, Prof Isaiah Kindiki, brother of Senate Minority leader Kithure Kindiki, said the region is tired of Jubilee’s empty rhetoric when the people are wallowing in poverty.

“NASA has not penetrated Meru, it has grown from within,” Prof Isiah Kindiki emphatically told the Star.

However, a recent opinion poll by Ipsos paints a different picture. Released on May 30, the poll indicates that Uhuru would win the Eastern region, that also includes NASA running mate Kalonzo Musyoka’s Ukambani turf, by 51 per cent.

Raila would secure only 36 per cent of the vote, the poll showed.

Last week, Uhuru gave Sh828 million to IDPs displaced 10 years ago in a gesture that has triggered jitters in opposition circles to the effect that Jubilee is bankrolling its reelection bid using State coffers.

But that is not all.

Since their election in 2013, Ruto has visited Kisii more than 20 times. In a deliberate campaign message, Uhuru and Ruto claim to have given high profile jobs to Gusii leaders, among them Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Chief Justice David Maraga.

The latter move however backfired, after the Judicial Service Commission rebuffed the President, saying any implication “that the appointment of the CJ was part of a political scheme is a grave distortion of law and fact”.

In an interview with the Star, Mutembei said the rivalry between Kiraitu and Munya for the county’s top is hurting Uhuru’s reelection prospects in the region.

He urged Uhuru not take sides in the war.

But Kiraitu, through his director of communication Patrick Muriungi, said the perception that NASA is gaining ground in Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties is a fallacy.

He said Raila should not be cheated by psyched-up crowds that he will actually get their votes.

“These crowds will not translate into votes as the two counties will vote for President Kenyatta in the August polls, according to all the voting patterns,” Muriungi said.

He accused ODM coordinator Mike Mutembei of hiring people to shout down Jubilee leaders and attend Raila rallies when he visits to please the ODM supremo in order to get handouts.

Kenya – Maasai’s Purko clan backs Kenyatta and Ruto

Star (Kenya)

Feb. 20, 2017, 2:00 am

Narok Governor Samuel with a contingent of Maasai leaders. The Maasai community has endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta re-election and pledged to support Jubilee Party. /KIPLANG’AT KIRUI.
Narok Governor Samuel with a contingent of Maasai leaders. The Maasai community has endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta re-election and pledged to support Jubilee Party. /KIPLANG’AT KIRUI.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have received a major boost after 40,000 people from the populous Purko clan of the Maasai community endorsed their reelection.

They also endorsed the reelection of Narok Governor Samuel Tunai.

The declaration was made in Motonyi village, Narok North subcounty, on Saturday. Among those present were Narok South MP Korei ole Lemein, Agriculture PS Richard Lesiyampe and Tunai.

Geothermal Development Company CEO and managing director Eng Johnson ole Nchoe, who organised the meeting, asked his supporters to back the Jubilee Party, saying the Maasai community will benefit if they are reelected.“Narok is a Jubilee zone and we will ensure the party scoops all the seats in the region,” he said.

Nchoe thanked the Jubilee administration for appointing people from the area to various posts in the government.

“As a community, we are privileged to have a Cabinet Secretary post, several Principal Secretary positions, CEOs, several high-level government positions, board posts, and other senior state jobs,” he said.

Nchoe urged the Maasai community to remain united and maintain the peace in the run-up to the August 8 general election.

“While we may not always see things the same way, we have always focused on the things that unite us. And when, on rare occasions, differences arise, we have our cultural mechanisms that can help keep us united. Even as we approach the next election, let us remain true to the Maasai spirit. It is the spirit of peace and brotherhood,” he said.

Nchoe vied for the county governor’s position in 2013 and came third with more than 40, 000 votes. He was behind Governor Tunai and Joseph Tiampati.

Tunai warned the Maasai community against falling for the opposition’s “propaganda” that the government has not fulfilled the pledges it made to the people in the run-up to the 2013 polls.

“We know the agenda of the opposition is to tell Kenyans lies that the government is insensitive, but that is not the case. As a community, we are proud for what the government has done for us,” he said.

The governor said the opposition led by ODM leader Raila Odinga and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka has nothing to show to Kenyans, saying they have been in government for many years.

Tunai also said the Jubilee administration has made major strides in resolving the perennial land problems in the county.

He said many residents have been issued with title deeds in areas such as the Kipise Group Ranch and Ong’ata Naado.

“The Jubilee administration’s development record for the Maasai people speaks for itself. When we talk about rural electrification, Jubilee has connected more than 42,000 households to the national grid. The previous governments only managed to connect 7,000 households,” Tunai said.

Lemein said Narok county is not up for grabs as it is a “Jubilee zone”.

Kenya – Ruto goes on offensive against5 opposition

Star (Kenya)

Feb. 03, 2017, 3:00 pm

Deputy President William Ruto addresses Jubilee delegates during their meeting in Watamu, KIlifi county, February 3, 2017. /DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto addresses Jubilee delegates during their meeting in Watamu, KIlifi county, February 3, 2017. /DPPS

Opposition leaders have failed to explain how billions of shillings released to counties allied to them since 2013 have been used, the DP has said.

William Ruto said this at the start of his five-day Coast tour on Friday, adding the Opposition has lied to residents about service by the national government.

Ruto said the fact is that counties in the region have been receiving the billions for service to the people. He noted that the constitution is very clear on the roles of national and county governments.

“Does it mean it was not the right of the Coastal people to be served by governments when Opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka served as Prime Minister and Vice President respectively? Is it only during the Jubilee’s rule that people here have a right to be served?” he asked.

“It is time you ignored the Opposition’s lies and propaganda about development projects initiated by Jubilee in this region. They should tell us what they did for you when they served in government for more than 30 years instead of criticising our development projects.”

The Deputy President reiterated that the leaders have achieved nothing despite once serving as Prime Minister, Vice President and ministers.

Ruto also repeated that the Opposition has no development agenda for the country but that the national government has done its part.

He said leaders opposed to the government have not questioned misuse and diversion of funds from counties they “control”.

“It is as if the billions we send to counties should not be used to serve the people. All they keep complaining about is that the national government must do everything. What of the county governments?” he posed.

“Our development track record for this region speaks for itself. We are tarmacking 250-kilomtere of roads in this county, connected 102,000 residents to power up from 48,000 in 2013, upgraded two referral hospital, started Ronald Ngala Utalii College, solving land problems among other projects.”

Ruto said Raila and his team were yet to come to terms with the fact that politics of propaganda and tribalism cannot help unite and develop Kenya.

“You cannot do the same thing over and over again and expect different results,” he said.

The DP asked the people to reject the Opposition as they have no capacity and the willingness to solve the challenges the region is facing.

He told youths to take the lead by registering in large numbers as voters so as to participate in electing progressive leaders who are committed to addressing their challenges.

Ruto addressed a leaders’ meeting and a public rally at Watamu grounds, Kilifi county, during voter registration campaigns. He also addressed public rallies in Gede, Tezo, Kilifi, Vipingo, Kikambala and Mtwapa grounds.

The DP was with leaders including MPs Gideon Mungaro (Kilifi North), Mustapha Iddi (Kilifi South), Zeinab Chidzuga (Kwale woman representative), Emma Mbura (Nominated), Harry Kombe (Magarini) and Peter Shehe (Ganze).

Mung’aro said Coas residents will not be misled into supporting Opposition leaders, whom he said have failed to solve their problems.

He said Kilifi county was among those that receive billions of shillings every year but claim misuse of resources by those in charge of the county.

“It is time we registered in large numbers and support Jubilee in the August 8 election because it has the interest of Coastal people at heart,” he said.

The leaders accused the Opposition of criticising Jubilee projects in the region yet they have nothing to compare them with.

Kenya – Ruto will back Kenyatta in 2017 but run for office in 2022

Daily Nation

MONDAY DECEMBER 19 2016
Meru Governor and PNU Leader Peter Munya

Meru Governor and PNU Leader Peter Munya addressing a crowd in Meru when he led a caravan to market the party on December 18, 2016. He rained his guns on DP William Ruto, promising to give him a run for his money in the 2022 presidential elections. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By DAVID MUCHUI

By ISABEL GITHAE

Party of National Unity (PNU) leader Peter Munya Sunday stormed the backyard of his rival Senator Kiraitu Murungi, but trained his guns on Deputy President William Ruto, promising to give him a run for his money in the 2022 presidential elections.

Addressing rallies in Central Imenti and South Imenti, Mr Munya said: “The presidency cannot oscillate within Central and Rift Valley forever.”

Mr Ruto has declared he will go for the top seat in 2022 after President Uhuru Kenyatta, that is, if the latter wins a second term next year.

While Mr Munya says he backs President Kenyatta’s re-election in 2017, he will vie for the seat in 2022.

The Meru governor, who was accompanied by aspirants for various seats on a PNU ticket in the coming elections, accused Mr Ruto of plotting to return the country to a one-party state regime through folding up of parties to form Jubilee Party.

Speaking at Katheri during a rally to popularise PNU, Mr Munya said there is need for enhanced democracy in the country.

“Mr Murungi and his team are currently in Igembe accompanying the man from Rift Valley, who is pushing the one-party agenda. I request you to reject their advances,” Mr Munya said.

JUBILEE ELECTIONS

Mr Munya, who urged the residents to re-elect him, said Jubilee has failed to hold free and fair elections in the counties, with some aides and friends of politicians being named as officials.

Mr Munya was referring to the polls in Meru, in which close allies of Mr Murungi were elected last Thursday to run the party in the county, causing an outcry from some members.

“PNU will do free and fair elections unlike Jubilee Party whose elections were done by a chosen few. In Meru, they ended up selecting cronies of some leaders. PNU will do its elections from the grassroots, “Mr Munya said.

During Jubilee Party polls last Thursday, Mr Murungi’s closest allies, former Igembe MP Joseph Muturia and nominated MCA Alhaji Mwendia were elected Meru chairman and secretary-general respectively.

While urging the Imenti people to uphold a 2013 pact giving the Nyambene people the gubernatorial position for 10 years, Mr Munya accused Mr Murungi of using the Deputy President to fight him.

CASTIGATES KIKALI

He hit out at a team nicknamed ‘Kikali’ (acronym for Kiraitu, Kajuju and Linturi) led by Mr Murungi saying they are out of touch with the people and are relying on Mr Ruto to hold meetings.

The team, which includes Women Representative Florence Kajuju and Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi, has launched a vicious campaign to dislodge Mr Munya in the 2017 polls.

Mr Murungi is to vie for the gubernatorial seat, Mr Linturi is seeking to be Meru senator while Ms Kajuju is defending her seat.

While welcoming the sentiments by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho that those engaging in violence in political campaigns will face the law, Mr Munya said the police should start with arresting Jubilee Party supporters whom he accused of causing the chaos.

“If Dr Kibicho is serious with his calls for arrest of those causing violence in campaigns, the police should start with those who disrupted Jamhuri celebrations in Meru. The suspects are known because they were in Jubilee party colours. The deputy county commissioner was given money to organise the goons,” Mr Munya said as he led a caravan in Central Imenti and South Imenti to market his Party of National Unity.

Kenya – Wiper investigation over Kalonzo CORD block claims

Daily Nation

Wiper calls for urgent talks on Raila mole claim

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15 2016
Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka addresses wananchi along Mombasa Road in Salama, Sultan Hamud and Emali townships during his first day tour of the Region on Sunday. PHOTO | DENNIS KAVISU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka addresses wananchi along Mombasa Road in Salama, Sultan Hamud and Emali townships during his first day tour of the Region on Sunday. PHOTO | DENNIS KAVISU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The Wiper Democratic Movement has called a crisis meeting on Tuesday to discuss claims that Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama is working with his Siaya counterpart James Orengo to block Kalonzo Musyoka from the Cord presidential nominations.

Mr Muthama last week stormed out of a public rally when Mr Musyoka criticised him in public.

Mr Musyoka, a diplomatic and typically careful leader in his public utterances, said of Mr Muthama: “If I lose the presidential race, it is Muthama who will have his trousers removed, like it happened in Parliament.”

“I am fully aware of what you (Muthama) have been doing behind my back with Orengo to predetermine the outcome of Cord presidential nominations and deny me the ticket.

“You must convince the Wiper supporters that the ticket you are pushing for can deliver victory for Cord,” he said at Sultan Hamud township on Saturday during a meet-the-people tour by the party.

The party will Tuesday hold a National Executive Committee meeting to discuss the allegations that Mr Muthama was acting as Mr Odinga’s mole within the party.

“It is true that the party will be holding a NEC meeting on Tuesday to discuss a wide array of issues. I have received so many calls on the matter of [the] Machakos senator and it is likely to be one of the issues that we will deliberate on,” said Wiper Secretary-General Hassan Omar.

During the meet-the-people tour, Mr Musyoka told Mr Muthama that he was aware he and Mr Orengo were working against him in favour of Mr Odinga and warned him to prepare to face the wrath of Kamba voters in the next elections. Mr Muthama, who could not be reached yesterday, drove away in protest.

The Machakos senator had earlier criticised Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, warning him that he must dissolve his Muungano Party or risk losing the elections.

HAD HARSH WORDS

The senator had harsh words for Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, whom he faulted for forming the Maendeleo Chap Chap party, saying both governors deserved to be kicked out of Ukambani, unless they dissolved their parties.

An agitated Mr Musyoka reprimanded Mr Muthama, saying he would not condone voices designed to divide the Kamba community.

“On this one, I totally disagree with you. Do not create more divisions on my trip because we have come to unite the people. Although we all aspire to be in one party, we cannot achieve this by antagonising others.”

On Monday, Mr Musyoka admitted urging Mr Muthama not to attack the Makueni governor before the Sultan Hamud rally.

“I had told Mr Muthama not to go that way because he had said he was going to blast Prof Kibwana.

“He was not supposed to do that and I was not pleased because we are preaching unity in Ukambani. It was an incident-specific matter and we just differed on Prof Kibwana. There are no issues,” he said.

Leaders from both Wiper and ODM, who declined to speak on record, pointed fingers at Mr Muthama, whom they accused of being behind the defections of five elected Ukambani leaders to Jubilee because of his “divisive and dictatorial habits”.

They absolved Mr Musyoka of any blame, saying it was Mr Muthama’s brand of politics that pushed Governor Mutua out of the party.

Mr Musyoka, however, defended Mr Muthama, saying the senator was being used as an “excuse” by MPs from Ukambani who defected to Jubilee.

He also denied accusing Mr Muthama of working against him or criticising him in public.

“We did not talk about Muthama dividing Kambas and favouring Mr Odinga as [the] Cord presidential candidate. I am not that careless. I never discussed those issues …. I have no problem with the Machakos senator,” he said.

KEY MEMBER OF THE TEAM

The former vice-president explained that Mr Muthama was not a key member of the team that was formed by Cord to find ways of picking a presidential candidate.

“I don’t remember if Muthama is a core member of that team. We had Benson Makali of Kitui Central and party chairman David Musila. Muthama and Orengo are in the Cord management team and do not play a key role in the presidential nominations,” he said.

On Monday, Mr Orengo said he had been informed that the exchange at the Sultan Hamud rally had been blown out of proportion and explained that the Cord presidential candidate would be determined by the coalition.

“It is not a matter that can be determined by one or two people. It will be decided finally by the coalition and I can assure you that the mechanisms to do that are in place,” he said.

Earlier this year, Cord designated its steering committee, made up of Mr Muthama, Mr Orengo and Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu, to take charge of nominations for the coalition’s flag-bearer.

Mr Musyoka countered allegations by some party officials that Mr Muthama’s role in the party and Cord was questionable, saying the party respected the freedom to hold divergent views.

Reports by Bernard Namunane, Pius Maundu and Benson Mutuku

Kenya – Rail and CORD demand resignation of civil service head over political bias

Standard

By Geoffrey Mosoku

NAIROBI, KENYA: CORD leaders Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka have demanded the resignation of Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia whom they accuse of partisan politics.

The two leaders claimed Kimemia has been using the provincial administration to campaign for their rivals.

“He has become a party activist. If someone wants to participate in politics he should quit,” said Raila.

Kalonzo alleged that they have information that Kimemia has been using chiefs to woo voters for Jubilee in hunger stricken areas through distribution of relief food.

The two leaders were addressing the press at Wilson Airport before flying to Marakwet and Kitui to campaign ahead of the March 4 elections.

The leaders were reacting to a statement by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga who said that he was threatened over the integrity case against Jubilee leaders Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.

Raila and Kalonzo alleged that the move to threat the CJ were part o a wider scheme to compromise the elections .

On Tuesday, Kimemia denied allegations that he favoured any political party and warned that any civil servant found engaging in partisan politics would be sacked.  standard