By Calvin Osiemo
With the 2017 general elections coming close as days go by, every political head in the country is bracing up for the big task ahead. Political cocoons have already started forming up to drum support and gain confidence from the electorate countrywide. As it has been a norm in the country, whenever elections are around the corner, political rifts seem to widen as others merge up to create coalitions they believe will take them up the helm of leadership in the republic. It is no different this time as the major political parties and coalitions in the country seem to be intensifying their activities in a vote hunting bid ahead of 2017.
Recently, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that he will vie for a second term in office under the Jubilee Party flag together with Deputy President William Ruto. This is after the parties under the Jubilee Alliance came together to form the Jubilee Party (JP). Cord which enjoys massive support in Nyanza., Western, Coast and Ukambani region acknowledges that they are aware that Jubilee is targeting their strongholds and they are not afraid of that because they are confident that they will win the next general elections.
“We do not want to be reactive because we have our own strategy. We wish them good luck but we caution them to stop wasting their time by dishing money to individuals. These are just individuals. The money will not get down to the people. Why are they not making money available to counties to buy medicine, pay teachers’ salaries, connect water and build roads?, We are also working in Jubilee strongholds but we are not exhibiting it or hoarding media publicity. We are not worried by the Jubilee onslaught on our strongholds and we are sure of beating them in the next elections,” Said CORD leader Raila Odinga speaking to a local daily.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said that Jubilee has embarked on journey to unite Kenyans from all regions in 2016.
“For us, 2016 is a politically defining year during which we will seek to unite the whole country by bringing on board the Coast, Western and Ukambani regions. We want to win the next elections with all Kenyans on board,” he said.
Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has intensified his activities as well saying his eyes are set for the presidency in 2017 because he knows he is going to win the elections asking both Jubilee and Cord not to panic over his bid. Mudavadi has been accused by Cord for working with Jubilee to divide the vote-rich western region.
“I am not in any way affected by the things that they (Cord and Jubilee) are saying. They appear to be perturbed by how fast ANC is gaining popularity not just in Western but in all parts of the country I have visited. They are panicking,” he said.
Over the weekend, Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua launched a new outfit dubbed Maendeleo Chap Chap Movement. However, Mutua did not clearly state whether if MCCM is a political outfit or just a movement. The formation of MCCM has raised political hit in the region with Wiper plotting ways of removing the governor from the party for lack of loyalty.