Battle For Mt. Kenya & Western Kenya Presidential Votes Hit Top Gear

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga seen here with Governor Mwangi wa Iria of Muranga County last weekend

In Western Kenya, DP Ruto stirred anger among residents when he uttered slurs against Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to the effect that “in Nandi where the DP comes from men do not slap women.” The slur may cost him thousands of votes

The battle for the decisive Mt. Kenya and the Western Kenya Presidential votes has reached a fever pitch as the country hurtles faster towards the August 9th general elections with the two leading Presidential contenders Azimio’s Raila Odinga and Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto scouring the regions for votes.

Last weekend Mr Odinga and Ruto, both accompanied by the running mates Martha Karua and Rigathi Gachagua, son and daughter of the Mt. Kenya region pitched camps in the region one after another campaigning for votes. William Ruto and his DP Gachagua were the first to make forays in the Mt. Kenya region closely followed by Mr Odinga and Martha Karua. Soon after, the two teams swiftly moved to Western Kenya’s Trans Nzoia and Bungoma regions.

In Western Kenya, DP Ruto stirred anger among residents when he uttered slurs against Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to the effect that “in Nandi where the DP comes from men do not slap women.” The slur may cost him thousands of votes where referring to circumcised men as “women” is a great slight. 

Last weekend Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition brigades warned residents of Central Kenya against voting for Deputy President Ruto, arguing that the region risks being in the opposition after the August 9th general elections. The coalition’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua joined Governor Mwangi wa Iria of Muranga County and other leaders in a string of political rallies

The scramble for the two region’s Presidential vote is critical as any candidate who manages to bag the majority of the votes is most likely the man heading to the State House as the country’s 5th President. Last weekend Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition brigades warned residents of Central Kenya against voting for Deputy President Ruto, arguing that the region risks being in the opposition after the August 9th general elections. The coalition’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua joined Governor Mwangi wa Iria of Muranga County and other leaders in a string of political rallies. They toured the county a few days after Kenya Kwanza’s presidential running mate Gachagua and his team made several rallies in the area soliciting votes.

Ms Karua promised to address the interests of the region after the exit of President Uhuru Kenyatta from power. At Mumbi grounds in Murang’a town Ms Karua declared: “If we form the next government, I will be a true reflection of the people of Central Kenya. Our interests as the people of Mt Kenya will be well-catered for. Just gauge us and make the right decision otherwise voting for William Ruto will be a grave mistake that you will live to regret for the rest of your lives.”

She went on: “No Kenyan will be oppressed under the leadership of Raila and Martha. Don’t elect a leader who will come to oppress you as a citizen. The only mature leader who can propel this country to prosperity is Raila Odinga.” On the other hand the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary-general Francis Atwoli pointed out that William Ruto is keen to derail residents in the region and lead them to the abyss of the opposition.

The Azimio Presidential candidate said that he was confident that Mr Wa Iria would help him in grabbing a majority of votes from the region. “I opted to reach out to Wa Iria because his manifesto rhymes with ours. I am confident that he will play a big role in ensuring that we win. If any politician gives you handouts, receive it but let it not divert your political stand,” Mr Odinga said.

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