RES­I­DENTS VOTE FOR PARTY, NOT IN­DI­VID­UAL – AN­A­LYST

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Yet to be re­solved his­tor­i­cal in­jus­tices at the Coast are frus­trat­ing Ju­bilee’s ef­fort’s to win over vot­ers. Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto have vis­ited the re­gion many times in search of votes. The two have com­mis­sioned projects and won over some Cord loy­al­ists. Some po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts say Coast res­i­dents are loyal to a party, not in­di­vid­ual. They say Ju­bilee is as­so­ci­ated with in­jus­tices res­i­dents have faced since In­de­pen­dence. Some res­i­dents have said huge chunks of land has been grabbed by state of­fi­cials, and un­til it is re­verted, Ju­bilee will not get sup­port from Coast. “De­spite the state is­su­ing ti­tle deeds, a lot of grabbed land is still with of­fi­cials,” Pro­fes­sor Has­san Mwaki­mako of Pwani Univer­sity said last month. Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Daniel Aswani said very few sup­port­ers will be will­ing to fol­low ODM de­fec­tors to Ju­bilee.

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