AMASON KINGI DITCHES WILLIAM RUTO
Kenya Kwanza political brigade yesterday took their campaigns to Kilifi county where they criticised the government for failing to cushion Kenyans from the rising cost of living.
Conspicuously missing, though, was Governor Amason Kingi and his Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) members, who are said to have stayed away because of the row between his party and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and its governor candidate Aisha Jumwa.
PAA recently cried foul over UDA being given prominence in his backyard. Efforts to reach Kingi were futile. However, a party official who sought anonymity affirmed there was nothing to worry about. “There is no fallout. If there is, my party leaders would have spoken out. There is really nothing to worry about in terms of PAA support for Ruto,” the official said. Kingi has been campaigning for PAA governor candidate George Kithi while Ruto campaigns for Jumwa.
Speaking at Kikambala, Ruto said Jumwa has distinguished herself as a fearless woman who has broken the political glass ceiling. “The work Jumwa has done amounts to a work that can be done by over 10 men,” he said.
Speaking during a roadside rally when they met EPZ employees, the DP said there was need for immediate interventions to reduce the cost of living and promised if elected in August, his government will invest in agriculture to ensure food security.
Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi accused the government of forgetting poor Kenyans who cannot afford basic commodities, at it continues to increase the cost of fuel.
“Just imagine, the price of unga is higher than the price of sugar, it worries me,” Mudavadi said. Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula claimed challenges facing Kenyans started soon after the ‘Handshake’ between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Ruto also joined the people of Kaloleni for Sunday service at the Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa Mariakani before holding a rally at Gotani trading centre and Mtomondoni Grounds.