The Star (Nairobi)

5 January 2013

Kenya: Uhuru, Ruto to Woo Kisii and Kuria Voters in Nyanza Tour

Jubilee Coalition Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta begins his four day tour of Nyanza in Kuria today. Uhuru will be accompanied by his running mate William Ruto during the tour of Kuria East and West constituencies.

Uhuru will attend a church service at the Tabaka Catholic church at 9am on Sunday before holding a rally at Nyamakabi Stage, Etago and Kenyanya markets. On Monday he will campaign at Nyacheki, Nyamache and Ogembo before making several stop-overs in town centers before concluding his tour in Kisii town on Tuesday.

The two leaders will hold a series of rallies in Kisii and Nyamira counties tomorrow and Monday. The Jubilee wants to wrestle Migori, a Cord stronghold, by trying to get 25 per cent from the county's Kuria community votes.

Uhuru will meet local leaders at Kehancha and Ntimaru towns while Ruto will hold a separate leaders meeting at Mabera and Gekoharaka towns. Later, the two will hold joint rallies at Isebania and Kegonga towns.

"We have mobilised the locals through our delegates and local political aspirants. We expect a major turnout in the rallies.," said Munyori Buku, Uhuru's director of communications.

Mwita Nyangi, a TNA aspirant in Kuria West constituency, said the Kuria community does not vote as a bloc.

"We can vouch that the region will still tilt the county's vote and Jubilee can still get over 25 per cent," Nyangi said.

Yesterday, during a meeting to fine tune the campaign, area leaders downplayed the defection of area MP Wilfred Machage to ODM.

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