With campaigns for 2017 General Elections expected to close by end of business this Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s much anticipated vote hunting tour in Vihiga County has been cancelled.
This was according to Jubilee Party (JP) Western Region Coordinator Mr. Hudson Aluvance.
Addressing members of press in Mbale town on Friday evening, Aluvance apologized to the electorate in the county on behalf of the president and the entire Jubilee fraternity.
The president had scheduled to visit Vihiga County this week and before official close of campaign period, but due to unavoidable circumstances, his team was forced to cancel the same, reported Aluvance.
He, however, appealed to the electorate in the area to overwhelmingly
vote for the incumbent president next Tuesday.
The president has assured us that Vihiga would be one of his first stops in case he retains the seat after the forthcoming elections, Aluvance promised the locals, adding that the president would launch a number of development programmes in the area.
Though the region is considered to be one of the strongholds of the National Super Alliance (NASA), Aluvance exuded confidence that JP would garner a high percentage of presidential votes in the August 8 national poll.
We have put in place adequate structures to ensure the president and his deputy would garner majority of presidential votes in the county, said Aluvance.
He asked the locals to maintain peace during and after the national polls.
Some of JP’s supporters interviewed by Kenya News Agency (KNA) expressed their disappointment by the president’s campaign team’s decision to cancel Uhuru’s visit to the region.
We had highly expected the president would come and help us with the necessary final push owing to the fact most of our Jubilee candidates have not done much in terms of hunting for votes on behalf of the party, observed a supporter.
About 272, 000 registered voters in Vihiga were expected in participate in next week’s national election exercise.
Source: Kenya News Agency