Murang’a Governor roots for 100 percent turnout in presidential elections
Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria has called upon the electorate in the county to come out in large numbers to vote in the repeat presidential elections.
While drumming support for Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election, the governor said he will set up a team to transverse in villages to ensure that those who did not cast their vote last time are mobilised to do so on October 17th.
In the August 8 elections, wa Iria said about 70, 000 voters from his county did not vote saying this time they are going to ensure all registered voters cast their votes.
“Murang’a County is a stronghold of President Uhuru Kenyatta and I will ensure he gets 100 percent votes from this region,” noted the governor when he was addressing youth supporters of Jubilee government at Gatanga.
Accompanied by four MPs Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Ngunjiri Wambugu (Nyeri Town) and their nominated colleagues Isaac Mwaura and Gideon Keter, wa Iria said in last month’s general elections the turnout was about 87 percent where President Kenyatta got about 99 percent of the total votes casted.
“We want to prove to the Supreme Court that the President and his deputy William Ruto had won in August 8, elections and this will be realized by big turnout,” he said, adding this time round they are targeting to win with more than 70 percent plus one votes.
In Mount Kenya region, Mwangi observed about one million voters did not participate in saying in the repeat polls all elected leaders from the area will move out and ensure there is 100 percent turnout.
He expressed concern that in the August 8 ballot tallies; Kiambu and Murang’a counties had 180,000 and 70,000 registered voters respectively who failed to cast their votes.
On his part, nominated MP Mwaura castigated the initiative by NASA leaders to seek contributions from Kenyans saying the move is a fraud.
Mwaura said the opposition leaders want to enrich themselves from the donations noting that they are sure they cannot win in the presidential elections.
He said efforts to gather votes for President Kenyatta could bear fruits if leaders will mobilize electorates in their strongholds to turn out in large numbers.
By Bernard Munyao