Team of 100 to spear­head Uhuru re-election cam­paign in Mt Kenya

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY GRACE GITAU ggi­tau@ke.na­tion­media.com

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta on Fri­day con­sti­tuted a team of 100 politi­cians from the Mt Kenya re­gion to spear­head his re-election.

But his ap­peal to win­ners in the Au­gust 8 election to work with losers has sparked dis­quiet among elected lead­ers.

A Laikipia MP said forc­ing the two fac­tions to work to­gether will jeop­ar­dise the cam­paigns.

In the meet­ing at the Sa­gana State Lodge, it was re­solved that MPS will con­cen­trate on lead­ing cam­paigns in their re­gions as­sisted by MCAS.

“The cam­paigns will be con­stituency based. I will be in charge of the cam­paigns in my area,” said Kieni MP Kanini Kega.

The gover­nors will co-or­di­nate with se­na­tors and woman rep­re­sen­ta­tives to cam­paign for the pres­i­dent in their re­spec­tive coun­ties, it was also agreed.

In at­ten­dance were lead­ers from the coun­ties of Nakuru, Kirinyaga, Ki­ambu, Ny­eri, Mu­rang’a, Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Laikipia and Nyan­darua.

Af­ter the Pres­i­dent’s ad­dress, lead­ers from each county went into sep­a­rate meet­ings and later re­grouped, with each county com­ing up with a 10-mem­ber com­mit­tee to spear­head the pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns in their re­gions.

“I do not want to be the one to de­cide who will lead the cam­paigns in your re­gions. You know each other so pick among your­selves those who will seat in that com­mit­tee,” Mr Keny­atta had said.

But Narc Kenya Leader Martha Karua and for­mer Kirinyaga Gover­nor Joseph Ndathi walked out of the meet­ing and did not take part in the teams’ for­ma­tion. The two lost to for­mer Devo­lu­tion CS Anne Waig­uru.

Oth­ers who did not suc­ceed in their elec­tions bid, who at­tended the meet­ing in­clude for­mer Ki­ambu Gover­nor Wil­liam Kabogo, for­mer Meru Gover­nor Peter Munya and for­mer Dagoretti South MP Den­nis Waweru.

The Pres­i­dent told gover­nors, who will be the team lead­ers, to hit the ground run­ning and en­sure that ev­ery voter in their county participates in the Oc­to­ber 17 election.

The teams, he said, must be all in­clu­sive in­cor­po­rat­ing the youth, the dis­abled, women and losers.

To election losers, the Head of State ap­pealed to them to sup­port his cam­paigns, not­ing that there are many po­si­tions in the na­tional and county govern­ments. “There is no need of bit­ter­ness or an­i­mos­ity, let us move for­ward. Do not be like Raila Odinga who takes us back to cam­paigns and de­rails de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

See re­lated story on page 22

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