Uhuru’s Kissi County Visit – The incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta began a two-day tour of the Kisii community on Tuesday, 6th June 2017. While addressing residents of the community, Uhuru donated the sum of Sh358 million to over 7,000 IDPs.
The president kicked off the tour from Gussi stadium where he was joined by a group of Jubilee leaders including Kisii Senator Chris Obure, Education CS Fred Matiang’i, Kisii woman representative aspirant Dorice Donya, and former CIC chairman Charles Nyachae.
While urging the Kissi natives to vote for him, the incumbent president made the whopping donation. The Sh358 million was specifically donated to Internally Displaced People in Kissi who lost their properties to the aftermath of the 2007/2008 post-elections.
“This issue has been with us for several years…we want to give the IDPs compensation and settle this matter with finality,” the president said. He added that “With the money we have handed over, we have finally taken care of the last group of IDPs in Kissi.”
Also at the event, several Jubilee leaders took to stage to reassure the president of their staunch support. Women rep aspirant Dorice Donya said; “Your Excellency, we are behind you and will overwhelmingly vote for you.”
Also expressing support for the president and thanking him for his donation was Kissi Senator Obure who said; “The Kisii community is behind you and will walk with you. We thank you for compensating the IDPs.”
The president will tomorrow the 7th of June 2017 be donating an additional Sh472 million to another group of IDPs in Nyamira.
Kenyatta also made a stop at Riabugutu Primary School and later Masimba Secondary School, interrupting ongoing learning to address the people. At the latter, the president promised to give away Sh5 million.
In his address, the president told Kissi residents to anticipate the imminent Standard Guage Railway which will pass through their country to Kisimu.
Uhuru also spoke about the Mumias Sugar official Lubya’s murder of which opposition leaders have blamed the government. Addresing the claims, Uhuru said: “If you have information on the killing, give it to police. [How will making claims at a political rally help]? Let us not incite Kenyans or cause unnecessary tension.”
Taking a jab at his rivals, the president added “Our competitors are focusing on propaganda, divisive politics and abuses. I’m campaigning on the strength of my achievements and what I intend to do in the next five years.”
Prior to Uhuru’s Kissi County Visit, several protesters took to the streets to burn Jubilee merchandise, as a sign of warning to the president that the community was a NASA stronghold.
In other news, about 19 Jubilee officials in Embu County have decamped to opposition parties, as a result of “interference from the Party’s headquarters.”