Losers in party primaries form group to support president

Some 16 MPs from Central Kenya who lost in the recently conducted Jubilee party nominations have teamed up to drum up support for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid.

Under the banner of UhuRuto Express, the MPs, who shelved their re-election ambitions following the defeat, said they would instead focus their energies in marshalling support for the president ahead of the August 8 polls.

The group led by Kigumo MP, Jamleck Kamau and his Othaya counterpart, Mary Wambui said they would traverse the whole region with a view to wooing voters to come out in large numbers to ensure the ruling Jubilee administration got another term in office.

Speaking in Nyeri town on Sunday during a vote hunting mission, the leaders said their main challenger, NASA coalition, stood no chance of clinching power, while maintaining that they would defeat them ‘hands down’.

They took the opportunity to criticize members of the opposition for playing opportunistic politics with the issue of drought situation in the country.

Kamau said the current shortage of food being experienced in the country was as a result of a natural occurrence occasioned by failed rainfall that had nothing to do with the sitting political leadership.

However, he said, the government had already put in place necessary intervention measures to address the situation including importation of maize.

Runyenjes MP, Cecily Mbarire sensationally claimed NASA was planning to resurrect the ICC cases against the President Kenyatta and Deputy President, William Ruto should they clinch power.

Others present were MPs, Njogu Barua (Gichugu), Maina Mbuku (Maragwa), Mary Mbugua (Nakuru), Samuel Gichigi (Kipipiri), Joseph Kiuna (Molo) and Esther Gathogo (Ruiru).

Source: Kenya News Agency