Ju­bilee rocks Mom­basa, says Cord pro­tect­ing cor­rupt gover­nors

Ruto urges Coast res­i­dents to open their eyes and see the projects Ju­bilee has ini­ti­ated, so they make an in­formed de­ci­sion

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Ju­bilee yes­ter­day threw heavy punches at Cord as it ac­cused Mom­basa and Kil­ifi coun­ties, led by ODM gover­nors, of cor­rup­tion and mas­sive land­grab­bing.

More than 20 MPs and gover­nors ac­com­pa­nied Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto for a rally in the Tononoka Grounds, which dou­bled as the launch of the Ju­bilee Party Coast chap­ter. Ruto, who had been on a four-day tour of the Coast, said Mom­basa is key to Ju­bilee’s plans of mak­ing Kenya a bet­ter na­tion.

He de­fended the gov­ern­ment against cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions, say­ing all the projects Ju­bilee has un­der­taken would not have been pos­si­ble with the amount of cor­rup­tion Cord “des­per­ately tries to smear the ad­mi­nis- tra­tion with”. “We are not avail­able for pro­pa­ganda,” Ruto said.

He enu­mer­ated the ini­tia­tives Ju­bilee has taken in Mom­basa and the en­tire Coast to make life bet­ter for res­i­dents, in­clud­ing is­su­ing more than 600,000 ti­tle deeds and solv­ing the Waitiki land headache. “The op­po­si­tion only raises land ques­tions, but Ju­bilee has an­swers to the ques­tions,” Ruto said.

He said Ju­bilee has al­lo­cated the largest amounts of money for wa­ter projects at the Coast, in­clud­ing Sh42 mil­lion for the Mz­ima Springs in Taita Taveta county, Sh13 bil­lion for the Mwache Dam in Kwale county and Sh3 bil­lion for the Bari­cho Water­works in Kil­ifi county.

“But the op­po­si­tion will al­ways spread pro­pa­ganda to dis­credit the projects. As we speak, they are plan­ning to politi­cise Mwache Dam and Mz­ima Springs projects. Cord should stop de­struc­tive politics,” Ruto said.

He said it would only be fair that Coast res­i­dents open their eyes and see the de­vel­op­ment projects be­ing un­der­taken so they de­ter­mine which po­lit­i­cal wing is friendly to the re­gion.

Ruto said the health sec­tor in Mom­basa has greatly ben­e­fited from the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment through the healthcare mod­erni­sa­tion pro­grammes, which de­liv­ered a new in­ten­sive care unit, ra­di­ol­ogy and RDU ma­chines.

The rally elicited an im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion from ODM, whose gover­nors Ama­son Kingi (Kil­ifi) and Has­san Joho (Mom­basa) sent out mes­sages of a planned rally in Mt­wapa. Ruto and Na­tional As­sem­bly ma­jor­ity leader Aden Duale said ODM leader Raila Odinga and his brigade plan vi­o­lence and black­mail against the IEBC.

/JOHN CHESOLI

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto and Na­tional As­sem­bly ma­jor­ity leader Aden Duale ar­rive at the Tononoka Grounds, Mom­basa, yes­ter­day

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