Ruto Asks 90 pc Western Vote From Mudavadi, Wetangula

Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate William Ruto has piled pressure on ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi to get 90% of the vote in his Vihiga County backyard in order to fend off the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya onslaught in the region.

The Deputy President, who was campaigning at the Hamisi stadium in Vihiga, stated that the 75% proposed by voters is “too little.”

The pressure for more votes comes just a week before the General Election, at a time when the region’s leaders are on a charm offensive to meet the target that would guarantee the region a 30% stake in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.

Mr Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula have been given a target of 70% from the entire western region in order to ensure the Kenya Kwanza Alliance agreement’s implementation.

Dr Ruto, who was accompanied by Mr Mudavadi and Mr Wetang’ula, asked the more than 310,000 voters to vote in his favor.

In 2017, under the defunct National Super Alliance (Nasa), ODM leader Mr Raila Odinga received 90% of the vote in Vihiga County.

As part of their agreement with Mr Mudavadi, Dr Ruto says voters in Vihiga should turn out in large numbers on August 9 and deliver their votes to him.

“The 75 per cent Vihiga people want to give us is little. This should be at least pulled up. Ninety per cent is near a better outcome. Give us that,” Dr Ruto said.

Local leaders allied with Mr Mudavadi and Dr Ruto assured the Amani leader that they would not let him down by ensuring the set target was met.

Dr. Ruto stated that providing him with large numbers would help stop their rivals in Azimio la Umoja One Kenya from contesting the General Election result.

“You can see Raila is already fighting IEBC. We don’t want to give him any chance to cause violence by uprooting the railway, going to Supreme Court or swearing himself in,” said Dr Ruto.

Mr Alfred Agoi, a Sabatia MP and close ally of Mr Mudavadi, recalled that the county achieved 90% for Mr Odinga.

“We have now abandoned him (Mr Odinga) and so we will give the 90 per cent to Ruto as a sign that we are no longer working with Raila,” said Mr Agoi.

With less than a week until the General Election, Mr Wetang’ula advised voters to turn out in large numbers on August 9 and vote for Dr Ruto.

“A vote for Ruto is a vote for Mudavadi and I,” Mr Wetang’ula told Vihiga voters even as he castigated President Uhuru Kenyatta for undertaking last minute launch of projects.

“A retiring president is going is going round the country to launch the projects that have no budget lines and have not been approved by parliament,” said Mr Wetang’ula 

“This will cause a (financial) burden to the incoming government. What he is doing is like corruption because he is campaigning for Raila,” he added.

The Ford Kenya leader also slammed the National Cohesion and Integration Commission’s proposal to shut down Facebook ahead of the elections, calling it “backward.”