The Bukusu Council of Elders has thrown its weight behind President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the October 17th repeat presidential election.
The pledge by the elders came barely hours after a delegation Kamba leaders led by former Kitui senator David Musila endorsed President Uhuru in a meeting held at State House, Nairobi on Monday.
At a meeting with the President and Deputy President William Ruto, the Bukusu elders vowed to mobilise voters and rally them behind Jubilee to help reclaim their August 8th victory that was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Bukusu Elders' chairman Richard Walukano cited immense benefits from projects implemented by Uhuru to the Bukusu community as the reason why they decided to endorse him.
The elders said they will carry out door-to-door campaigns for the President in Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega and Trans Nzoia counties.
“We are keen on ensuring that President Kenyatta wins with a bigger margin because we do not want the projects in our region to be derailed,” Walukano said.
Uhuru welcomed the elders’ support and assured that he will continue transforming the lives of Kenyans.
“In Western Kenya, we have constructed more roads than any other previous government. We have connected electricity to more households and revived factories, including Mumias Sugar Company, Nzoia Sugar Company and the Webuye Pan Paper Mills, which is employing hundreds of youth from the region,” he said.
Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, who was present at the thanked President Kenyatta for the position and commended the Jubilee administration for appointing members of the community to other senior government positions.
Last week, the President hosted a delegation from Western, where former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga led the leaders, including former Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba and former presidential candidate Cyrus Jirongo, in pledging support for Uhuru.