President Kenyatta to tour Kisii, Nyamira counties

By John Kioria

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to begin a development tour of Kisii and Nyamira counties beginning Tuesday as he seeks to popularize Jubilee party and vouch for his re-election.

After a tour of the coast two weeks ago, the President will resume his working tours on Tuesday when he visits Kisii and Nyamira counties.

While he will be launching several development projects in the two counties the President is expected to popularize the Jubilee party in the region and market aspirants seeking the party’s ticket.

His point man in Kisii Chris Obure, the current Senator for Kisii is seeking the Kisii County governor position.

The two counties are largely perceived to be leaning towards the opposition as a majority of elected leaders are associated with NASA.

Meanwhile, the political rivalry between Wiper candidates vying for the Governor position in Mombasa heightened after a section of the party membership pushed to have its Secretary General Hassan Omar given a direct ticket to face off with incumbent governor Hassan Joho.

A section of the party membership is urging the party leadership to give Omar a direct ticket. The aspirants argue that Omar is more experienced and sober and is likely to floor the incumbent Ali Hassan Joho.

The over 30 aspirants appealed to Awiti to step down from the race even as the party prepares for its primaries in April where delegates from Mombasa county will choose who between the two should fly the party’s flag.

In Kiambu the lineup that will face Governor William Kabogo in the August elections has taken shape.

Kabete MP Ferdinard Waititu will be deputized by food security advisor in the office of the Deputy President James Nyoro.

The team will face Kabogo in the Jubilee nominations in April. Still in Jubilee, Meru county Woman Representative Florence Kajuju has denied allegations that she wants to defect from the Jubilee party.

Kajuju insists that she is ready to face her rivals in the upcoming Primaries in a free and fair contest.

In Embu small parties in the counties have dismissed talk that the county is purely a Jubilee Party Zone. The parties say they are ready to give Jubilee a run for its money in the August elections.

In Garissa County, KANU leaders have asked the headquarters to be cautious alleging there are certain individuals who are masquerading as genuine aspirants but with criminal records.

The leaders warned to be wary of political moles keen on wreaking havoc within the party ahead of the April primaries.

And a former university don has joined the race to succeed Jamleck Kamau in the Kigumo parliamentary seat.

Macharia Ben called on those who are vying under the Jubilee ticket to conduct peaceful campaigns ahead of the primaries.