The forthcoming Malindi Mp election has seen two candidates limp out of the race while pledging to give their support to Jubilee’s Philip Charo.
The two candidates, Peter Ponda (Chama Cha Uzalendo) and Fuad Kombe (Federal Party of Kenya), can no longer see the need to continue in the race and for that reason have made an announcement of their resolve on Thursday, a decision regarded as a boost to Jubilee’s candidate’s chance in the coming election.
The two politicians revealed to the audience their decision to quit the race at a campaign rally which Deputy President William Ruto flew in to lead.
We have decided to drop our candidature in support of our brother because it is only the Jubilee Party that can solve the problems facing the Coast.
He went on to tell his listeners at Mazuruni that they are not dropping for any party to win but for Jubilee. He also said both of them are hopeful and optimistic that Jubilee candidates will come out victorious in Monday’s by-election.
The Deputy President urged the locals not to be enticed by wordy promises of the Opposition to bring justice to the Coast land promise.
DP Williams Ruto said Opposition leader Raila Odinga wants to use the excuse to lure people into voting for his coalition. He added that Cord leader Raila failed to resolve the problems in his five-year tenure as Prime Minister and won’t still be able to do it now.
He accused Odinga of having way with words when it comes to promises and of never putting his words into effect.
There is nothing the Opposition can do for you as much as the problem of land is concerned. It is only Jubilee that can solve this problem.
Do not let them to lie to you that they will help you when they form the government yet in the five years they were in power they did nothing for you.
He told the audience of the several achievement of Jubilee, saying that the coalition has in the last two years given out over 300,000 title deeds to locals but that James Orengo could process none when he served as Lands minister as well as ally to Raila.
He termed them “leaders with no plans for locals” and begged the locals not to fall prey to these kind of politicians.
Ruto mentioned the issuance of title deeds, building of roads, improved electricity supply to schools and homes and good health delivery, and noted the Jubilee administration has achieved more in three years to solve problems at the Coast than previous governments.
I want to make it clear that two years into power, the Jubilee administration has solved the Waitiki land issue that Raila failed to solve when he was in power. We should not be misled by these people anymore.
He also said jubilee is currently constructing Mariakani-Bomba road and is planning to build Malindi-Sala gate (Tsavo) road as well.
We have put Sh400 million into equipping and expanding Malindi hospital to a referral facility.
Charo noted that he wants to join the government in the building and commissioning of the news projects as well as maintenance of the old ones. He told the residents to be the deciders of the election.
National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale said the government has a visible agenda for the Coast, which includes resolving the lingering land issues.
Other leaders who were present at the rally include Mwashetani Khatib (Lunga Lunga), MPs Mustaffa Idd (Kilifi South), MPs Mustaffa Idd (Kilifi South), Ibrahim Sane (Garsen), Kwale woman representative Zeinab Chidzuga, Peter Shehe (Ganze) and Emma Mbura (Nominated).
Campaigns for the Malindi parliamentary seat and Kericho senatorial seat by elections enter the homestretch this weekend with political parties going into the overdrive in a last minute attempt to sway voters to their side