It was a show of force between Deputy President William Ruto’s Kenya-Kwanza Alliance and a group of Azimio la Umoja leaders in Coast who were holding parallel rallies in Mombasa yesterday.
Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, Chair of the Amani National Congress, and Moses Wetangula of Ford-Kenya held a rally at the historic Tononoka compound to sell their agendas on health, education and job creation.
The DP reiterated that it would pump Sh100bn into job creation and Sh50bn into small traders. Ruto also said Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya would become one of the directors of Kenya Kwanza.
Ruto said the March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga is at the root of most of the problems plaguing the country.
“The handshake led to the collapse of Jubilee, the Big Four agenda and the opposition in the country. Since the handshake we have had no peace in the country.
“People who were given jobs on merit were fired for no reason. Those who believe they have the authority to plan for Kenyans will be in for a nasty shock in August,” he said.
Mudavadi said they joined Ruto because their agenda is the same, to revitalize the economy and create opportunities for thousands of unemployed youth in the country.
The DP and Kenya Kwanza team’s two-day tour took them to Kwale, Kilifi, Taita Taveta and Mombasa counties.
Meanwhile, at the Azimio la Umoja rally at the Mvita compound, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, Jomvus Badi Twalib and Likonis Mishi Mboka called Ruto’s forays into Coast insignificant.
“Let the visitors taste the different sights. We don’t mind their many outings because we know Mombasa is an ODM zone,” Nassir said in reference to Ruto’s tour.
The Mvita MP said that over 160 contenders for various electoral seats attended the rally to show their support for ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
He said Coast has supported Raila for the past 15 years because voters believe in his agenda and that the 1.8 million voters will not abandon him if he is close to coming to power.
“The economic model led by Raila is feasible. He has made it clear that he will close all corruption loopholes,” Nassir said.
Likoni MP Mishi Mboko said they had agreed on Abdulswamad to succeed Governor Hassan Joho in August, saying: “We hope that once Raila wins the presidency, Joho will be appointed to one of his key ministries.”