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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,3RD NOV 2019-Deputy president William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga on Sunday held parallel rallies in Kibra constituency to drum up support fro their candidates the Jubilee part’s McDonald Mariga and ODM’S Imran Okoth respectively .This even as the Monday campaigns deadline drew closer.The minipoll shall be conducted on November 7 .
Jubilee’s candidate McDonald Mariga’s rally was held at the DC’s grounds, while Imran Okoth of the Orange Democratic Movement was in Woodley.
At the DC’s grounds, leaders affiliated to Deputy President William Ruto pitched camp, among them Kikuyu legislator Kimani Ichung’wa and National Assembly Leader of Majority Adan Duale.
DP Ruto said with Mariga, Kibra stands a better chance to eliminate poverty after decades of being in the opposition.
“Raila has joined the Government through a bridge called handshake, why does he want you to be left in the opposition?” he asked thousands of Kibra residents, who attended the rally.
He highlighted some of the projects the National Government intends to undertake in Kibra, saying already much work was done by the National Youth Service, during the Jubilee Government first term.
“Vote for Mariga and he will join the President and myself to work for you,” he said.
Also present was Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni).
“I urge Kibra residents to cast their votes carefully since this by-election is bigger than you can imagine,” MP Kamanda said.
Odinga anchored his sentiments on his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying, “A vote for Okoth is a vote for unity … without unity, there can never be development.”
Mariga has committed to ensure proper use of Kibra’s Constituency Development Fund, in a bid to build on the late Ken Okoth’s legacy.
According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), there are 118,658 registered voters in Kibra.