Capital FM (Nairobi)

Kenya: Jubilee Hunts for Votes in Nyanza

The Jubilee Coalition presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto on Saturday toured Kuria, Migori counties in a day long tour where they addressed separate rallies and later two joint meetings at Isebania and Kengonga.

Kenyatta toured Kehancha where he opened the Migori TNA office and met parliamentary and civic aspirants and later on went to Ntimaru.

While addressing residents at the local National Cereals and Produce Board depot, Kenyatta emphasised that youth empowerment will be top on his agenda once elected President.

"The youth have waited for far too long and now is the time for them. The Jubilee Coalition will form a government that solves problems and not lament all the time. This is the aim of the coalition with Ruto," he said.

The DPM further scoffed at claims that Jubilee is tribal, saying that it has leaders and supporters from all over Kenya.

He disclosed that in 1963, his father founding President Jomo Kenyatta went to Kuria for blessings.

"This year, I have come for the blessings in the first Jubilee campaign rally," he said.

Kenyatta also opened the Migori TNA offices at Kehancha and met parliamentary and civic aspirants at the Kehancha parish headquarters.

Ruto on the other hand stated that the time for the youth to take over the leadership of the country had arrived.

"On Tuesday, Parliament will pass a Retirement Bill for President Kibaki, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. This will be their pension so that they can give way for the youth to take over," he said.

"It is important to note that that there are only two coalitions. Jubilee that will win the elections and the others that will lose."

He discredited CORD as a losing outfit having been abandoned by key leaders including himself.

He said that the TNA-URP leadership will prepare a business blue print for the youth and women so that they can get free interest loans and start businesses.

He also stated that pensions for the older population would be increased and broadened.

The two were accompanied by MPs Danson Mungatana, Rachel Shebesh and Mike Sonko who also spoke during the event.

Dujis MP Aden Duale observed that the CORD coalition commanded a huge voting bloc from both Kenyatta and Ruto's sides.

"Uhuru's strongholds have five million votes while Ruto has three million. This is a game of numbers. The two have got stellar track records. Uhuru was the best Finance Minister while Ruto excelled in the Agriculture docket," he pointed out.

Garsen MP Danson Mungatana echoed his sentiments and touted Kenyatta as the candidate of choice for a majority of Kenyans.

"The people in Kuria have been sidelined for a long time and it is time that they joined a side that believes in inclusivity," he stated.

Nominated legislator Rachel Shebesh said that both Uhuru and Ruto represented the young generation and that is why the majority of its members were within the two groups.

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