National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential flag-bearer Raila Odinga is a tribalist, propagandist, divisive and is stuck in archaic politics, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
Speaking on a campaign trail at Chaaria market in Imenti Central constituency, Meru County, the head of state urged Meru residents to turn out in large numbers on Tuesday and help him send the former Prime Minister into political retirement.
“Don’t allow him to destroy our good legacy of development with his bad politics, propaganda and division. Let him go home,” Uhuru said.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader has made significant inroads in Meru region, and experts warn that he might seize a sizable number of votes despite the region voting religiously for President Uhuru in the 2013 general elections.
Uhuru highlighted some of projects carried out by his administration in the Meru region, terming the reason why he deserves another term in office.
“We have bought Sh800 million equipment for two hospitals in Meru to bring services closer to the people. We also brought equipment for a technical training institute in Central Imenti,” he said
Uhuru said that he remained committed to offering paid internships to university and technical graduates for one year.
During the tour Gatobu, an independent candidate in the governor race heeded to pressure from Uhuru to step aside for Jubilee candidate Senator Kiraitu Murungi who will face off with the incumbent Peter Munya for Meru governor.
“I’m happy Gatobu agreed to step down and support Kiraitu. We will give Gatobu a job in the government. When Kiraitu and I retire, we will ensure Ruto and Gatobu work together,” Uhuru said.
Gatobu said, “Uhuru has never denied me anything that I have ever asked him. I will work together with Uhuru, Ruto and Kiraitu to ensure we uplift the lives of residents.”