Deputy President William Ruto has urged western Kenya residents to shun Opposition parties for promoting divisive politics and instead embrace Jubilee Party, which is committed to transforming the country.
Mr Ruto said the National Super Alliance, comprising ODM, ANC, Wiper and Ford-Kenya parties, has nothing new to offer residents of western Kenya.
Addressing wananchi at Amukura grounds in Teso South, Busia County, Mr Ruto said Jubilee has changed the country’s politics from that of rhetoric to issue-based.
“Jubilee has changed politics of this country from that of rhetoric to development. We cannot transform the lives of Kenyans through politics of hatred and division,” he said.
The Deputy President, accompanied by Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, MPs Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu) and Mary Emase (Teso South), cautioned the locals not to gamble with their votes by supporting Opposition parties.
“It has become clear that the Opposition leaders have offered nothing to Kenyans and we should not expect anything in terms of development from them.”
He said those in Nasa had served in the previous governments for more than 20 years but claimed they did nothing to improve the lives of Kenyans.
“The truth is that those in the Opposition had served the country in senior positions and failed to solve problems facing Kenyans including those in western Kenya.”
The Deputy President said Nasa is bound to fail because it was formed out of greed for power.
However, the Nasa leaders led by Mr Raila Odinga (ODM) have perpetually denied that the coalition is falling apart, warning the Jubilee Party leaders of defeat in the August polls.
The Deputy President laid a foundation stone for the construction of Amukura Teachers Training College and said Jubilee, in less than four years, has connected 55,000 households up from 14,000 in 2013.
He said Sh9.6 million has been set aside to connect 370 households in the area, adding that those living near transformers will have their houses connected to electricity for free.
Mr Ruto said Busia County has also benefitted from Sh800 million that has been used to expand and equip Busia and Kocholia hospitals to the status of referral to ease the problem of seeking medical services in Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret and Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.
The Deputy President also addressed residents in Moding Primary School in Teso North and Kapsokwony, both in Bungoma and Matunda market in Kakamega County.
Mr Wamalwa said Jubilee is focused on service delivery unlike the Opposition, which is focusing its energies on schismatic politics.
“As people of western we should not be misled to support parties that end up being in the opposition. Let’s support Jubilee for peace, development and prosperity,” Mr Wamalwa urged.
He said the Turkish government will fund a water project in Mt Elgon to a tune of Sh50 billion, through which inhabitants of Teso will benefit.
The legislators hit out at the Opposition for criticizing Jubilee projects without telling Kenyans what they did to improve their lives when they served in government.
“Leaders are elected to serve and not to just make noise. Opposition leaders should tell Kenyans what they did for them when they were in power instead of criticizing jubilee projects,” Mr Ichungwa said.
Ms Emase claimed that residents in the region have decided to support Jubilee because it is committed to the development of all Kenyans.