Tana River Governor Hussein Dado and the County’s Women Rep Halima Ware decamped from the opposition and joined Jubilee on Sunday.
The Governor and the Women Rep were elected on a Wiper Democratic Party in the last elections. They made the announcement when they led a delegation to meet the President at State House Mombasa today.
Accompanied by Tana River Senator Ali Bule, the two leaders said they have joined Jubilee voluntarily.
Receiving the two leaders at State House Mombasa, President Uhuru Kenyatta thanked the Governor and the women Rep for their wise decision, saying all along it has been his desire to work with them.
“It is good that the people of this great county have joined Jubilee,” said the President. “The policy of Jubilee is to bring all Kenyans together, irrespective of their religion or locality.”
The President said the national government has been working closely with the Tanat River county government to secure the county.
Responding to the request of the delegation over drought, President Kenyatta directed Cabinet secretaries Eugene Wamalwa and Mwangi Kiunjuri to move with speed to ensure enough relief food and water is sent to the people of Tana River.
In response to residents who said the Bura-Hola road construction had stalled, President Kenyatta directed the Road PS John Musonik to accompany the Cabinet Secretaries and assess the situation immediately.
The President also directed the Kenya Wildlife Services to provide a corridor so that the residents can access water for their animals.
Deputy President William Ruto thanked the people of Tana River for making the bold step to join Jubilee, saying it has always been the desire of the President and him to work as team with the county leadership.
Governor Dado said it has been the desire of Tana River people to work with Jubilee so that the county can develop. He told the President: “I come from a community which respects elders and that’s why you have never heard me criticise you.’’
He pointed out that Tana River County has experienced peace in the past four years due to the efforts of the national government in partnership with the county government.
He thanked the President for ensuring that Tana River people were given Identity Cards, which had been a big challenge to the residents.
Governor Dado said Tana River people had resolved to join the government because it has demonstrated goodwill to the community.
The Women Rep assured the President of her support and that of Tana River people saying: “We have many unique challenges, but with Jubilee we are heading somewhere.”
Ten County Assembly members from Tana River also decamped from opposition and joined Jubilee.
The opposition, Mr Dado and Ms Ware said, has no vision for the country and spends a lot of time on distractions. They also pointed out that the opposition had done nothing for Tana River when they held top positions in Government.
“Coast region has experienced tremendous growth under Jubilee administration than any other time in the history of Kenya,” said the Governor. “We will not be fooled by anyone; our interests are catered for in Jubilee.’’
Yesterday, the opposition lost key members in Taita-Taveta, Senator Dan Mwazo and Women Rep Joyce Lay, to the Jubilee.
Jubilee Party is set to hold a major political rally in Tononoka grounds this afternoon.
Present were Leader of majority Adan Duale, Bungoma Govern Ken Lusaka, Cabinet Secretaries Eugene Wamalwa, Najib Balala among other leaders.