MP Savula to Reward Western Over New IDs

Lugari MP Ayub Savula yesterday said he will reward Western residents for being second in ID cards registration.

The Star yesterday published that Western is second after Nyanza in the registration, with 285,582 new IDs, since the 2013 general election.

Savula said the report indicates that the initiative launched by 17 Luhya MPs last December to encourage residents to register for IDs is paying off.

Savula said he will donate 10 motorbikes to Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga and Kitale counties.

He said the motorcycles were given to him by a friend.

Savula said the motorcycles will be used by local administrators to reach many people in the ID registration campaign.

He is leading the drive to have the Luhya community register six million voters before 2017.

“The bikes will boost the drive, which is to be followed by a voter registration ahead of the 2017 general election. If Luhyas continue with the spirit, their chances of ascending to the presidency will come to about 90 per cent,” Savula told the Star on the phone.

The Star story says 1.9 million Kenyans have acquired ID cards since 2013.

Cord leader Raila Odinga’s Nyanza turf leads with 304,965 followed by Western.

Deputy President William Ruto’s Rift Valley stronghold has registered 276,825 followed by Central Kenya with 222,683.

Kenyans are required to produce either an ID or valid passport to be registered as voters.

Savula said he will mount a three-day road show starting next Thursday across Western region to drum up support for the initiative.