According to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto itineraries, they were supposed to tour three South Nyanza counties on Monday, March 20, as they continue to popularise the Jubilee Party ahead of the General Election slated for August 8.
The party technicians have categorised Migori, Kisii and Nyamira as swing vote counties that could go either way and give the incumbent President Uhuru or the National Super Alliance victory; hence the numerous trips by both camps to the area.
Uhuru and his deputy were scheduled to tour the aforementioned counties but the Migori one was cancelled at the eleventh hour.
According to reports by a local daily, elders who were scheduled to host the two leaders are sharply divided thanks to deep rooted clan politics in the region.
The tour of the area by the Jubilee Party heads was reportedly cancelled after Kikuyu Council of Elders and their Kuria counterparts met over the weekend.
“There are some serious and deeply rooted clan politics in this region that must be ironed out before the President can come to Kuria,” an unnamed senior government official said as published by The Standard.
It is said the region is divided with representatives claiming Uhuruto have done nothing for the community since getting elected in 2013, that they are now showing up bearing goodies – a KSh 2 billion development project – in the last possible moment.
“The President had five years to launch all these projects but he chose to ignore the community. We welcome him to the region but let him tell us what he has done and not what he intends to do because his time is up,” Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire said.
But Mathias Robi, a Jubilee point man in the region, begged to differ saying the tour cancellation was due to the President’s impromptu trip to Somalia to visit the Kenyan troops.
He went on to add that the elders’ meeting was organised by only one clan, that even he himself was not aware of it.
It will be the first time Jubilee is setting foot in the region after DP Ruto met a rowdy crowd in Isebania during a trip that coincided with another one by ODM leader Raila Odinga.