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Uhuru ask western Kenya community to abandon opposition, back Jubilee

In Kakamega and Busia counties, the President and his deputy William Ruto launched projects worth Sh9.7 billion in what seemed to be a strategy to win the western Kenya vote which eluded him in 2013.

The two counties largely voted for Cord leader Raila Odinga and the Jubilee leaders are putting up a spirited fight to change this.

President Uhuru Kenyatta ended his tour of western Kenya on Friday with a call to the community to abandon the Opposition and back Jubilee next year.

Jubilee won two parliamentary seats in Teso in Busia.

At Busia County Referral Hospital, the President commissioned equipment worth Sh425 million.

“Patients in this region no longer have to travel long distances for specialised treatment in Eldoret and Kisumu. It is our responsibility to improve the lives of Kenyans as promised. We need to work together to achieve this,” he said.

President Kenyatta chided the Opposition, saying it thrived on propaganda.

“We cannot move forward if we divide our people on tribal lines. There is nothing like the right time for a certain individual to be in power because such tactics will only divide Kenyans. Leaders are free to sell their policies and let Kenyans decide,” he said.

Appealing to residents to ditch Cord, he said in Adungosi in Busia: “Our friends in the Opposition who served in government for 30 years accuse the Jubilee administration of dragging its feet in implementing projects in the region when they did nothing to improve the lives of people in Teso”.

OPENED BRANCH

President Kenyatta had earlier opened a branch of the Agricultural Finance Corporation in Busia before heading to Adungosi where he commissioned the tarmacking of the 28.3 km Busia-Malaba road.

“We have set aside close to Sh1 billion to tarmack this road and hope to come back after 18 months when it is complete,” he said.

The President later flew to Kakamega where he commissioned a Sh 1.2 billion Ibokolo-Indagalasia-Malaha road.

His made another stepover in Mumias town to launch a Sh1.6 billion water project.

Deputy President Ruto said the Alupe Medical College will be elevated to a university next year.

“Before Jubilee came to power, only 14,000 households had electricity but now over 40,000 are connected. Do you want a working government or propaganda?” said Mr Ruto.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong asked President Kenyatta to step up security in the border towns of Malaba and Busia.

“While we appreciate the partnership between the national and county governments, we have been let down by police officers who expend their energies on petty offenders instead of dealing with criminals causing havoc at the border,” he said.

Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba urged the Luhya community to work with the Jubilee government.

“We want mature politics. There is a clear difference between political rivalry and enmity,” said the Labour Party of Kenya leader.

Mr Namwamba left Mr Odinga’s ODM six months ago, claiming he was forming a third force to rival Jubilee and the Opposition Cord.

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