President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched a direct appeal to Nyeri youth to register as voters as former Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces Julius Karangi held a crisis meeting with leaders within the county over low numbers recorded.
Only 30,000 voters have registered in Nyeri county against a target of 130,000 with seven days to go. This specific is actually the lowest rate in any of Jubilee’s strongholds.
“Please do not wait until the last minute. The BVR machine can only register 80 people a day,” said the President in a message released on social media written in Kikuyu.
His efforts came as General Karangi, who is actually also the Kenya Airports Authority chairman, took over the mobilisation drive through Health Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguli.
Interestingly, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua also attended the meeting where she drummed up support for Uhuru re-election.
SH80 MILLION BUDGET
During the meeting at GreenHills hotel on Monday, Nyeri leaders complained in which CSs as well as PSs sent to the region to mobilise voters are misusing the Sh80m meant for the exercise by spending the item in hotels as well as various other luxuries.
“We cannot be spending money in hotels yet the youths mobilising voters are going hungry,” said the aspirants.
Elected leaders as well as aspirants also accused the team of favouring one side.
Mr Karangi who was flanked by Information as well as Technology CS Joe Mucheru, Health PS Nicholas Muraguri as well as Kikuyu Council of Elders National Chair Wachira Kiago, called for unification between aspiring as well as sitting leaders for the drive .
“We have agreed in which we will work as a team within the final stretch of the exercise because the goal is actually similar for all of us,” said the former army boss.
A joint secretariat will also be selected to spearhead the final days of the campaigns as well as not only will the item have a brand new strategy, the item will be under the watch of Mr Karangi.
However, most elected leaders through the county were conspicuously absent despite receiving an invite with only three MPs, Kanini Kega (Kieni), Ndung’u Gethenji (Tetu) as well as Pricilla Nyokabi (County), showing up. Mr Kega as well as Ms Nyokabi however left shortly after.
Aspiring candidates, sitting as well as opinion leaders have been at war over the formula of sharing the moneys in which have come through wealthy financers under the Mount Kenya Foundation as well as the Jubilee Party secretariat.
Top officials within the secretariat including cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries as well as parastatal handling the finances have been accused of hoarding money meant for the exercise.
During the meeting held in Nyeri town, aspirants claimed the secretariat mainly through Nairobi has been using the funds for luxuries as youth who lead the groundwork are singled out.
A section of aspirants as well as incumbents are also said to be secretly benefitting through the kitty in unscrupulous dealings.
This specific, the item is actually believed, has caused the lack of facilitation for youth as well as boda boda operators hired to do the campaigns consequently. Some of the youth have already pulled out due to frustrations as some were being paid as little as Sh150 for a day’s work of campaigns.
DOOR TO DOOR DRIVE
The brand new secretariat will include representatives through all parties involved, a move geared at ending disgruntlements among the teams. within the brand new formula, campaigners will carry out a door to door drive as well as minimize the traditional roadshows in town centres.
“If you want to hire trucks as well as move around town shouting, in which is actually fine. nevertheless be sure the item will not work. We are starting a door to door campaign immediately as well as we will do the item as a team,” he said.
As of Sunday only 32,223 brand new voters have been registered out of a potential 290,000 eligible voters, 0,000 being youth. The Independent Electoral as well as Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is actually targeting to hit 161,359 voters in Nyeri by Tuesday next week a figure Mr Karangi says will not be achieved.
“The set target cannot be achieved nevertheless we want to improve what we have already,” said the former chief of defence.
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