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Friday, 10 June 2016
Governor, Senator ditch opposition for Uhuru's Jubilee
The Jubilee coalition has received a major boost after a governor and a senator allied to the opposition declared their support for President Uhuru Kenyatta and his administration.
Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga and Taita Taveta Senator Dan Mwazo declared that they will henceforth support Uhuru and his Jubilee party.
Akaranga said he has made the decision because he believes he is likely to receive more goodies while in the government than when he is in the opposition.
Speaking during First Lady Margaret Kenyatta event in Vihiga county where she was handing in Beyond Zero Campaign clinics, Akaranga said that he is now a Jubilee official.
“The only way to get goodies from the government is to work with the Jubilee coalition because it holds the key to the storeroom,” Akaranga said as quoted by Star.
He added that fighting the government of the day is like fighting development. Akaranga said that ‘you will not sleep on an empty stomach if you work with the person holding the keys to the food store’.
The governor’s declaration came days after pledging support to Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavai where he said his Progressive Party of Kenya (PPK) would support the coalition.
On his part, Senator Manzo said that he regrets supporting Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in the 2013 general election.
He said that locals have not benefitted from voting against the Jubilee government and now wants to vie for the gubernatorial seat under the JAP ticket to unseat Governor John Mruttu.
It can be remembered that Mruttu is a close Raila Odinga ally.
The latest comes as the opposition is locking horns with the government over the removal of IEBC commissioners from office.
The CORD has been holding demonstrations for close to a month matching towards the IEBC offices in parts of the country.
The demos have, however, turned chaotic resulting to loss of lives and destruction of property. Police have been blamed for shooting demonstrators especially in counties from the Luo Nyanza region where Raila enjoys immense support.