Robert Ochoro and KNA @PeopleDailyKe
More than 40 aspiring Ward Reps from smaller parties and Independents yesterday defected to Jubilee Party, giving it a boost a head of the August 8 poll.
In a statement read by former Gusii county council chairman James Ogutu, the candidates, drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties vowed to campaign for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, and his deputy William Ruto and pledged to deliver 70 per cent of the votes in the two counties.
Ogutu, who was accompanied by Nairobi Jubilee Party senator candidate Johnstone Sakaja, counties’ presidential coordinator Samuel Nyangeso, Kisii Women’s Rep candidate Dorice Donya, nominated Senator Martha Wangare and JP youth leader Anthony Kibagendi, said the group decided to support Jubilee Party owing to President Uhuru’s development record and the ongoing projects he had initiated in Gusii.
“The President appointed members of our community to key government posts despite the community supporting the Opposition in the last polls. We want to be part of his government,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nasa presidential campaign coordinator in Kisii Richard Onyonka has accused ODM leaders of sidelining affiliate parties in their campaigns ahead of the August 8 poll.
Speaking during a fundraising for the construction of Kisii Town Catholic Church held at Nyambera Primary School on Sunday. The Kitutu Chache South MP faulted area ODM leaders for failing to include Ford-Kenya, Wiper Party, Amani National Congress, Kenya National Congress and Chama Cha Mashinani in the National Super Alliance campaigns (Nasa).
Onyonka, who is also the deputy leader for Ford-Kenya, said the trend was undermining Nasa campaigns in the region and working for the benefit of Jubilee Party.
He urged Nasa principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Isaac Ruto to resolve the issue urgently if Nasa Presidential candidate is to get massive votes in the county.