In Summary
  • Mr Kenyatta will also try to undo Nasa candidate Raila Odinga’s growing influence in the county.
  • Kajiado has been the focus of national discourse on land issues following controversial statements Mr Odinga made on land matters.
  • Mr Kenyatta has taken every opportunity available to castigate the Nasa leader.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is visiting Kajiado County as he drums up support for his re-election while at the same time popularising his Jubilee Party.

The President will be keen to consolidate the support he got in the county in 2013 as well as try to undo Nasa candidate Raila Odinga’s growing influence in the county.

His visit comes at a time when the county has been the focus of national discourse on land issues following controversial statements Mr Odinga made in Iloodokilani urging non-Maasais to keep off land in Kajiado.

LAND ISSUES

Mr Odinga’s statement created tension in the county especially after leaflets appeared asking non-Maasais to move out of Kajiado before election day.

Mr Kenyatta has taken every opportunity available to castigate the Nasa leader, calling him out for allegedly diving Kenyans along tribal lines.

He has also been reminding Kenyans that Jubilee stands for unity among all Kenyans irrespective of tribal affiliation.

He is expected to reinforce his statement during the Kajiado visit.

PEACE MEETINGS

Though Mr Odinga visited the county shortly after he made the controversial utterances to deny inciting communities living in Kajiado as well as try to clarify his message, Jubilee Party officials on the ground have been organising peace meetings, assuring residents of their security while at the same time asking Mr Odinga to keep off land issues in the county.

The sensitive land issue has also forced Governor David Nkedianye (ODM) to traverse the county assuring non-Maasais that they will not be evicted.

Jubilee Party officials on the other hand have been keen to use the debate to their advantage, seeking to associate Dr Nkedianye to Mr Odinga’s sentiments and to prove to the sizeable non-Maasai population that Jubilee means well for them.

VOTERS

Non-Maasais have settled in the urban areas of the county including Ngong and Rongai in Kajiado North and Kitengela in Kajiado East.

Kajiado North has more than 120,000 registered voters, which is almost double the total number of registered voters in Kajiado West (64,000) and Kajiado Central (56,000).

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