The rally, which organisers say will be attended by elected leaders from different parts of the country, will be the climax of a four-day whirlwind tour of Deputy President William Ruto to coastal counties, with the exception of Lamu and Tana River.
During his visits in Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Kwale and Mombasa, the Deputy President conducted harambees in all the sub-counties he toured, raising millions of shillings for women and youth groups and the Akamba Handicraft Cooperative Sacco in Changamwe where he bailed out the traders who had pending land rates.
Jubilee politicians will converge at Mombasa’s historic Tononoka Ground for a rally on Sunday, the first at the coast since the launch of Jubilee Party, two months ago.
He had a message for coastal residents during his tour, listing Jubilee’s development projects at the coast amounting to about Sh100 billion and telling them they had no reason to continue voting for the Opposition.
“In the last four years that Jubilee has been in government, the country has realised massive infrastructure development in road construction and the standard gauge railway. Our hospitals have been provided with modern medical equipment and our education system revamped,” Mr Ruto said in Kwale on Saturday. “This is what Kenyans want to see, not empty rhetoric as espoused by the Opposition,” he added.
He said: “On June 1, 2017, at 8 am, the first Standard Gauge Railway train will leave Nairobi for Mombasa.”
On Saturday, the Deputy President had a busy programme in Kwale County, accompanied by Governor Salim Mvurya who has since ditched Opposition ODM for Jubilee and his deputy Fatuma Achani.
He held a harambee at Kwa Kadogo Primary School for 59 women’s groups in Kinango constituency, launched a 15km water project initiated by the county government and also officially opened Mavirivirini model health centre, and distributed 1,234 bags of maize, beans and rice to residents affected by famine due to a prolonged drought. Mr Ruto donated Sh1 million to Mavirivirini Primary School for construction of two classrooms, where Governor Mvurya went to school, before addressing a rally at Kwale Baraza Park in the evening.
Accompanied by Leader of the Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale, MPs Gonzi Rai, Gideon Mung’aro, Mustapha Idd and Peter Shehe, as well as nominated senators Emma Mbura and Mshenga Kisasa, among others, the leaders drummed up support for Governor Mvurya and asked residents to re-elect him because he had done what he promised he would do as his development record shows.
They criticised Opposition leaders from the region, and the county in particular, who have taken issue with Mr Mvurya’s move to Jubilee, with Mr Ruto saying the governor had joined “like-minded and development oriented colleagues in Jubilee.” They described Mr Mvurya’s move as wise and visionary, “that will benefit Kwale residents and the coast region.”
The Deputy President insisting that Jubilee would support Mr Mvurya in every way.
At Mavirivirini, Mr Ruto announced tarmacking of three key roads — Kwale-Kinango road, Samburu -Kinango road and Mariakani-Kinango road.
Other goodies he announced for Kwale include a Sh42 billion Mzima Two Water Pipeline that will provide water to Kwale County and Mombasa as well as Sh14 billion which he said the government has set aside for construction of Mwache dam that will provide water for Kasemeni and Mwavumbo areas of Kwale.
Mr Mvurya urged his constituents to listen to his advice and vote for Jubilee, saying his association with the administration had ensured development for the region and its people.
“I have always heeded your advice and I am asking that you listen to me now,” said Mr Mvurya.