Uhuru missing in Kajiado as Raila makes inroads
08 March 2015, 10:21
Nairobi - The fact that president Uhuru Kenyatta has yet to take his place in the Kajiado Central by election campaigns has left leaders in the Jubilee Alliance Party JAP frustrated, especially as CORD leader Raila Odinga has been ever-present in the region.
The president has been conspicuously missing from the region, with the highest point of authority being his deputy William Ruto who has campaigned for the party's candidate Patrick Tutui.
Other than that, there have been visits from JAP MPs, even though people on the ground feel it is not enough especially because Raila has been on the ground on numerous occasions campaigning for CORD candidate Elijah Memusi Kanchori.
It is understood that part of Tutui's team is urging the president to intervene as soon as possible to try help their candidate, especially with the by elections just eight days away.
The by elections will be held March 16, 2015.
" The president is busy, we very much understand and the DP has been here but it would really help if the highest point of authority was around," a member of Tutui's campaign team who did not want to be named complained to News24.
" You can see the impact Raila has made in the region. He has been here almost all the time and that will only boost their campaign."
" The president would do wonders for Tutui," he added.
The CORD leader was again on the campaign trail Saturday just a few hours after arriving back in the country from Lesotho and Belgium.
He addressed rallies at Oloorimirimi, Lorngoswa, Ilmopiok and Enkaroni with other CORD leaders Kisumu Senator Anyang' Nyong'o, ODM chairman John Mbadi, Suna MP Junet Mohammed, Ken Okoth (Kibra), Jakoyo Midiwoand Abdikadir Aden (Balambala).
Governors Josephat Nanok (Turkana) and David Nkedianye (Kajiado) were also present.
According to political analyst Michael Njenga, the residents of Kajiado will be more inclined to vote for the person the feel more connected to.
" Kenyans usually vote where they have been inclined to by personalities and the fact that Raila has been there all through will only sway the vote in Memusi's direction," he said.
" If Uhuru was there throughout it could have been a game changer. It matters to the people to see the big personalities in town asking them for their votes".
" CORD have done a good job thus far in that regard," he added.
Poll results in the constituency point to a CORD lead, but that might ultimately change if the president makes a concerted effort in the final stages of campaigns in the region.
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