Jubilee leaders campaigning for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the impending elections yesterday faced resistance in Nasa’s Kalonzo Musyoka’s political turf, Kitui County.
The convoy of over ten Jubilee leaders made roadside stopovers at Kithyoko, Nguutani, Kiomo/Kyethani and Migwani centres in Mwingi West, Kabati shopping centre in Kitui West and held a major rally at Kalundu market in Kitui Town, to drum up support for the ruling coalition.
But the crowds shouted them down and chanted NASA and Wiper Party slogans making it difficult for the politicians to address.
Led by Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu who ditched Wiper to defend his seat on a Jubilee ticket, the leaders vainly tried to sell the Jubilee agenda to the resident of Opposition-dominated region.
However, the politicians went on to insist that the Jubilee administration has performed impeccably towards improve the livelihoods of all Kenyans regardless of their voting patterns.
They cited construction of the multi-billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), tarmacking of most major roads countrywide, youth and women empowerment and connection of most households to the national electricity grid as some of Jubilee’s key achievement.
Also present was MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Rachael Nyamai (Kitui South) and Johnstone Sakaja (Nominated) and parliamentary aspirants Amos Kimunya (Kipipiri), Mwende Mwinzi (Mwingi West) and Ben Mbai (Kitui West) among others.
The residents however blamed the current regime for the prevailing high cost of living, insecurity, food shortage, joblessness among the youth and failure by the government to tame runaway corruption and vowed not vote for Jubilee come elections.
They said they will vote for the National Supper Alliance for better service delivery.
The leaders were forced to prematurely end their final rally after the crowd turned very hostile.