A section of Ukambani leaders have sent a strong message to Uhuru ahead of his trip to Ukambani. The leaders who have welcomed the President’s visit have guaranteed Uhuru that he will leave with ‘empty political basket.’
Senators Mutula Kilonzo Junior (Makueni), David Musila (Kitui), and Makueni Women Representative Rose Museo said the projects Uhuru is said to launch during his tour will not diminish the community’s support for Cord.
The leaders who spoke on Thursday May 26 dismissed the idea that the President’s visit to Ukambani will grant Jubillee political mileage. The Star reported
Kitui Senator, David Musila said it is ironical for the President to expect his visit to cajole the Kamba people to vote for Jubilee in their re-election bid come 2017, Musila dismissed the plans as “old political parameters that will yield nothing”.
Musila said, ‘The Kamba community is not up for grabs, In my view those projects are not meant to garner votes. It is our right as Kenyans and taxpayers to receive services from the National Government without exchange of any favour.’
His counterpart Senator for Makueni County Mutula Kilonzo Jr. said, construction of only 51 of 300 kilometres of road in the area is mockery to the community.
‘Kamba community has supported every government of the day since independence and this road has been promised since independence. Uhuru will only be doing what his father promised,” Kilonzo added.
Museo said that the major project the President is set to commission is the Kibwezi-Mutomo-Kitui Road that was promised since she was a little girl. ‘ That is not a favour to us. It is what we duly deserve.’ She held.
The politicians want roads and water projects prioritized by the ruling Jubilee coalition.
Besides the commissioning construction of a section of Kibwezi-Mutomo-Kitui road, dubbed ‘the road to Ukambani votes’ . Uhuru is also is expected to award a charter to Machakos University College making it the second fully-fledged university in the region. The varsity is set to be named after Mulu Mutisya, who was a KANU strongman in Ukambani.
Uhuru is expected to tour Machakos, Makueni and Kitui counties in two weeks’ time to initiate these development projects among others.
The tour has been perceived as one of the Jubilee forays targeting 300,000 votes from Ukambani during the 2017 re-election bid.
This follows numerous trips to State House made by a section of Ukambani leaders and professionals who have defied Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
The visits were spearheaded by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, and Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu. The two, have been de-whipped by the Wiper party, and are said to be keen on delivering the Kamba votes to Jubilee.
Mutambu says,’We are not telling the community to support anyone. We want them to offer support to development, which Cord cannot offer them’. The Star reported.