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Battle to control the Narok vote

The battle to control the Narok County votes has been evident in the last few days as the Azimio la Umoja coalition team and Kenya Kwanza Alliance have been touring the county interchangeably to woo the residents to vote in their favour.

Analysts have ranked the county among the battle ground zones as the voters are perceived to be divided on their preferred presidential candidate.

According to the data with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the county has 398, 000 registered voters with a majority of them coming from the Maa speaking areas while another big portion originate from the Kipsigis community.

On Monday, the Azimio La Umoja brigade led by their presidential candidate Raila Odinga toured the area where they lured the residents to back their bid promising to boost the economy of the region.

Odinga who was accompanied by Kalonzo Musyoka, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Peter Kenneth, Junet Mohamed among others promised to build roads, industries and create job opportunities to thousands of jobless youth in the county if elected the president in the August polls.

Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga chat with Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina during a campaign rally at at Kuntai primary school in Narok South Sub County on Monday

He told off the Kenya Kwanza Alliance team for alleging that he had advised his people to boycott the elections saying his request to IEBC was to conduct a free and fair elections, which they have committed to do.

“They think we are fearing them. We are not fearing them, we are ready for the task because we know Kenyans are behind us and we will win this election with over 70 per cent,” said Odinga while addressing residents of Naroosura area in Narok South Sub County.

He also toured the Olasiti area in Narok East Sub County where he promised to bring down the cost of living if elected the president of the nation.

“I have been a Prime Minister for five years and I know where the money is. When I get to office, I will fulfil my promise of giving the most vulnerable families Sh6, 000 per month and lower the cost of living. This is a promise I commit to Kenyans which I have to fulfil,” he said.

Kalonzo on his part alleged that the county had lagged behind economically because few people take advantage of the people to loot the money meant for development.

Their campaign rally comes barely a week after the Kenya Kwanza Alliance team led by their Deputy Presidential candidate Rigathi Gachagua toured Narok West Sub County to woo the residents.

Gachagua who was accompanied by Governor Samuel Tunai, Narok women representative Soipan Kudate and a host of Narok leaders promised to implement a number of projects in the county if they rise to power after the August poll.

The Kenya Kwanza Women guild led by Ms. Kudate also held their first meeting in Narok a week ago where they lured women in the county to vote for the Deputy President William Ruto saying he had the agenda of women at heart.

The gubernatorial race in the county is between the UDA candidate Patrick Ntutu and ODM candidate Moitalel Ole Kenta who are seeking to inherit Governor Tunai who is completing his second term in office.

In the past elections, the majority of the seats were garnered by the Jubilee party while the ODM party got only the Narok North parliamentary seat that is occupied by Ole Kenta and the senatorial seat that was won by Senator Ledama Ole Kina.


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