UhuRuto’s basketful of goodies to woo Kitui vote


The UhuRuto duo Friday raided NASA’s co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka’s home turf, Kitui County, and launched numerous flagship projects in a bid to woo the Kamba vote ahead of next month’s General Election.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto led a convoy of Jubilee leaders in a series of six campaign rallies across Kitui urging the locals to reelect them to allow completion of ongoing projects and further development.

Mr Kenyatta urged residents of the opposition stronghold to evaluate leaders aspiring for political office on the basis of their policies and development record as opposed to tribal lines.

Taking a swipe at the Raila Odinga-led National Super Alliance, the Head of State told the electorate to reject leaders who engage in empty rhetoric and support leaders keen on transforming lives through improved access to water, good roads, electricity and quality education.

He said opposition leaders had nothing substantial to show despite many years of service in previous administrations where they mostly held senior positions.

“My government has done a lot in a record four years ranging from infrastructure, modernised health sector, expansive rural electrification, digital learning, the SGR to numerous mega water and agriculture schemes in all parts of Kenya regardless of their respective voting patterns,” the President told a rally at Mutomo Town in Kitui South.

Mr Kenyatta, who spoke on the first leg of his three-day vote-hunting tour of Ukambani counties of Kitui, Machakos and Makueni, exuded confidence that Jubilee will this time around trounce its challengers by a larger margin compared to the 2013 elections.

He launched the Sh1.4 billion Kiambere-Mwingi water project at Kyuso in Mwingi North Constituency, which is being funded by the Italian government and is expected to benefit over 150,000 residents in Kyuso and Tseikuru among other parts of the larger Mwingi sub-county.

At Mutomo, Kenyatta as well inspected the ongoing construction of the key 192 kilometres Kitui-Kibwezi.

He also cited the upgrade of the Kitui Level 5 Hospital to the status of a referral hospital, as part of the Government’s nationwide overhaul of medical services.

He said his government has also upgraded the Mwingi Hospital under the Managed Equipment Services where two hospitals in each county have been provided with modern equipment including dialysis machines, cancer screening machines ICU and theatre.

Moreover, Kitui School in Kitui Central has benefited from a Sh24 million new administration block and general renovation of the facilities in the institution.

Accompanying the President and his deputy was Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and MPs Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central), John Munuve (Mwingi North), Rachael Nyamai (Kitui South), among others.

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