The heat surrounding the 2017 Kenyan elections reached its peak over the weekend as President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto took their campaign to the coast in search of votes.
President Uhuru’s tour of the coast region began on Thursday and ended on Sunday with the Kenyan leader accepting a number of defectors from the opposition party to Jubilee.
President Uhuru received opposition party defectors such as Tana River Governor Hussein Dado, Salim Mvurya of Kwale, deputy governors Hazel Katana (Mombasa), Kenneth Kamto (Kilifi) and Fatuma Achani (Kwale).
Others include Senator Ali Bule, Woman Representatives Halima Ware, Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale), Joyce Lay (Taita Taveta) and a host of others at State House, Mombasa.
The region is a key battleground for both Jubilee and the opposition.
Coast residents have, however, voted massively for the opposition in the past with main opposition party chieftains such as Governor Hassan Joho, Amason Kingi, and Senator Hassan Omar hailing from the region.
Another incident that proved the political squabble in the region has peaked occurred when Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho had his application to hold a parallel rally from the President at Mvita Grounds rejected by the police.
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka held two rallies in Malindi. Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi was in the region a week ago and held a series of meetings in Mombasa.
Raila too has been in the region in the last one week while Joho held a rally in Frere Town within the same period to mark his return from a two-week trip to the US.
President Kenyatta and DP Ruto’s Tononoka rally was attended by thousands of Jubilee supporters including leaders from ODM who recently defected to the ruling coalition.
This is about the third time Uhuru and his deputy has visited the region since the 2017 Kenyan elections campaigning began. They have constantly visited the region to launch projects.