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Citizen Weekly

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto on Wednesday mocked the Jubilee Alliance Party for losing the Kajiado Central by-election to ODM.
Mr Ruto, who is also the governor for Bomet, said the loss was a clear indication that Kenyans were tired of the Jubilee administration.
“I want to congratulate the people of Kajiado for speaking in one voice and shaming Jubilee. They should now know that Kenyans will only vote for leaders with an agenda,” he said.
The governor spoke at Lwak Mixed Primary School in Siaya County during the official launch of the national deworming campaign targeting children.
He accused the Jubilee government of imposing a candidate on the Kajiado Central electorate.
“With the way things are going, I am not sure whether I will support Jubilee in the next General Election,” he said.
He accused the government of frustrating devolution by reducing allocations to counties.
Mr Ruto said the governors’ Pesa Mashinani drive was still on, adding that they were through with the collection of signatures and would move to the next stage.
“As governors, we want to ensure that devolution is a success so that people at the grassroots can enjoy its benefits as well,” he said.
The Bomet governor warned the government against chest-thumping, saying Kenyans would only vote for individuals with proven development records.
Elsewhere, ODM leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday said the victory in the Kajiado Central by-election showed that the party was still popular.
He said the days of Jubilee were numbered.
He was speaking at Miu in Mwala Constituency during the burial of Mrs Milca Mulu, the wife of former Ukambani political kingpin Mulu Mutisya.
Mr Odinga and other Cord leaders flew to Miu for the burial after celebrating their victory in the by-election.
“Let nobody lie to you that we were defeated in the last General Election. They stole but a thief’s days are numbered,” said Mr Odinga.
He said in Kajiado, the government tried to lure voters with “goodies” such as appointment to the Cabinet and parastatal chairmanship, and creation of new sub-locations, but the people refused to vote for the JAP candidate.
Mr Odinga thanked the Kamba people for voting for him in the last General Election and praised Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Senator Johnson Muthama for their steadfast support.