Deputy President William Ruto says the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) design was commandeered to enrich a many individualities.
He was speaking moment at his Karen hearthstone when he ate the Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi to his Kenya Kwanza coalition.
Ruto promised that should Kenya Kwanza win the August 9 election, they will shoulder executive and legal way to reverse some aspects of the design which, he said, had come the biggest neediness to the people of Mombasa and the Coast region.
“It was never the intention of the government to build the SGR so that the Coastal people can be impoverished. The SGR was meant to make the port much more efficient and to improve the business and the fortunes of the Coastal people,” Ruto said.
“Unfortunately, a few people took hostage the whole project and ended up with selfish programs to the detriment of the Coastal people.”
“We as Kenya Kwanza have signed a commitment with PAA on matters they have brought to the table; matters to do with the land, economy, and public inclusivity of Coast people,” Ruto said.
Kingi revealed that they had inked apre-election pact with Kenya Kwanza that would among other effects, reverse all functional changes carried out in the recent history, whose effect has been to dislocate some of the core conditioning of Kenya’s main seaport from Mombasa to inland depots in Nairobi and Naivasha.
“The port operations have all been moved inland and that has caused immeasurable suffering to the people of the Coast region, hence the need to reverse that,” Kingi said.
There has been contestation girding the weight handling business at the Port of Mombasa amid reports over its leasing out by the State.
In 2019 there were enterprises about the handing over of the handling of the alternate vessel terminal and one situation to the Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL), which is incompletely possessed by private enterprises.
Juggernauts by global harborage drivers through their original agents painted KNSL as‘ inept’or unfit to run the terminal as they prefer a concessionaire from outside the country.
The opponents of the KNSL deal also contended that this will give Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) an overdue advantage against rivals.
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.
No Cause For Alarm, William Ruto Assures Residents Over Fears Of Poll Chaos
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.