In Summary

  • They will tour the insecurity-prone Lamu and Tana River.
  • Frequent Al-Shabaab attacks in Lamu and the major projects initiated by the government will feature prominently in the vote hunt.
  • Kilifi is Coast's most populous county and leads in the number of registered voters.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are Monday intensifying their search for a slice of 1.7 million votes in the Coast with campaigns in Lamu, Tana River and Kilifi Counties.

The UhuRuto duo, who were in Kilifi and Mombasa counties on Sunday, are to tour the insecurity-prone Lamu and Tana River.

The President and Mr Ruto are to start their campaigns with a rally in Kizingitini in Lamu before heading to Mpeketoni.

Lamu residents who were interviewed by Nation in Lamu Town said they expect the President to give a pointer on how the government will deal with insecurity in the area and also give the locals the assurance that the government will protect them and their property.

INSECURITY

“We want the President to assure us of our security. Elections are just around the corner and Lamu is very unstable as far as security is concerned.

“We have people in camps at the moment for fear of being attacked by Al-Shabaab in their villages. How are these people going to vote if they are far from their polling stations?

“We need an assurance from the President on how they will end Al-Shabaab [menace] in Lamu. It is getting out of hand,” said Mr Yusuf Omar.

The last time the President and his deputy visited Lamu was on May 24 where he addressed a public rally at the Mkunguni Square in Lamu Island before proceeding to Tana River County.

A communication from State House has already confirmed the President’s tour and said he will then head to Garsen in Tana River before ending his Coast tour in Ganze and Mariakani in Kilifi County.

The tour has also been confirmed by Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri who said all was set for the Head of State’s visit.

SHABAAB ATTACKS

The frequent Al-Shabaab attacks in Lamu and the major projects initiated by the government in the area including a port will feature prominently in the vote hunt.

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