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Be Careful Who You Vote For In August – Raymond Moi

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Rongai MP Raymond Moi has charged Kenyans to think twice during voting in the August 9 General Election.

Raymond urged electorates to ask candidates questions and not the parties they are vying on

The Rongai MP spoke while issuing bursary cheques worth over Sh10.8 million to his constituents yesterday.

He quickly slammed those calling for election of leaders from a specific party, noting that it was the individuals who will serve the country and not political parties.

“Some people are saying elect Jubilee or Kanu only. If you re-elect me, it is I who will work for you, not the party. Track record and character of a leader should take precedence,” said Raymond.

The MP said bad leaders often hide behind the six-piece voting model due to lack of clear policies to sell to the electorate.

Meanwhile, Mr Moi is defending his parliamentary seat on a Kanu ticket.

“If a leader asks you to vote for a particular party, demand to know their personal agenda. Most probably, they don’t have anything of their own and are capitalising on party popularity,” he said.

The legislator called on the voters not to be moved by political euphoria that has in the past left them stuck with non-performing leaders, leading to a wasted election cycle.

“Elect leaders committed to taking care of your interests. If you elect people who don’t know what they are supposed to do, development will lag behind,” he said.

Yesterday’s meeting was Raymond’s first public appearance since he contracted Covid-19 in December last year.

“It is unfortunate that my competitors have been saying that I am critically ill and on a wheelchair. That was never true. God does things in His own unique way,” said Raymond.

Raymond later broke the grounds for a Sh8 million dining hall project at Mema Secondary.

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Wafula Chebukati Invites All Presidential Candidates To A Meeting Next Week

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Wafula Chebukati Invites All Presidential Candidates To A Meeting Next Week

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has invited all the four presidential candidates to a meeting on Wednesday next week.

The candidates; William Ruto (United Democratic Alliance Party), Raila Odinga (Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance), George Wajackoya of Roots Party, and Waihiga Mwaure of Agano Party will meet with Chebukati at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club for consultations.

Key on the agenda will be to discuss the printed voter register, the election results path and the harmonization of campaign schedules for the candidates.

“Please note that you may be accompanied to the meeting by not more than five persons,” the IEBC Chairperson said in a circular.

An audit of the Register of Voters (ROV) was recently completed by audit firm KPMG and  the final report submitted to IEBC on June 18.

Chebukati stated that a total of 46,232 polling stations have been registered in 2022. This is a 13 per cent increase from 2017 where 40,883 polling stations were registered.
The number of registered voters has also risen from 19.6 million to 22.1 million, equivalent to 12.79 per cent.

According to IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein, the audit report also revealed a massive transfer of voters.

“KPMG analysed the full register and noted that there were transfer transactions processed between 2017 general election and May 2022.

“The analysis of those transfers identified several constituencies and counties showing trends of abnormal voter transfers having been processed in the Register of Voters,” Marjan said.

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No Cause For Alarm, William Ruto Assures Residents Over Fears Of Poll Chaos

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DP William Ruto To Reverse Uhuru's Port, SGR Deals

Deputy President William Ruto has assured Nakuru County residents that there will be peace before, during and after the August 9 General Election.

The UDA leader, speaking after a meeting with residents, called on Kenyans seeking seats to commit to peaceful campaigns.

Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi and Elburgon residents, who met the DP and other Kenya Kwanza leaders yesterday, had expressed fears over possible poll chaos in their areas ahead of elections.

Ruto was accompanied by his running mate Rigathi Gachagua, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Njoro MP Charity Kathambi, Bahati’s Kimani Ngunjiri and Senate aspirant Tabitha Karanja.

The media was locked out of the meeting that lasted more than six hours. Speaker after speaker at the event claimed they were living in fear as the ghosts of previous poll chaos haunt them. The locals said they were hesitant to support Ruto fearing he would not take care of their interests.

“We have had fears and we keep asking ourselves what will happen if we give the Deputy President this seat. Will he take care of us? That has been our fear. That is why in this area, we are hesitant to support you,” said Mr John Macharia.

The issue of land and displaced persons also cropped up, with locals calling on Ruto to promise to he will address their issues should he succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Peter Gikonyo said displaced people in Molo were never compensated. He said there are fears hostilities could return as the campaigns peak. He told the Kenya Kwanza brigade that their hearts are heavy for fear of the unknown.

“Give out an order immediately you get elected so that those occupying land that was not allocated to them can vacate it,” he said.

While assuring the residents of peace, Ruto called on Azimio la Umoja One Kenya flag bearer Raila Odinga and other leaders to condemn political violence.

The DP said he made a major sacrifice in 2012 when he dropped his presidential bid to support Uhuru for the sake of peace. He assured locals that the August poll will be orderly and peaceful, saying the country had learnt lessons from the 2007-2008 post-election skirmishes.

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