Deputy President William Ruto has said he is confident that Jubilee will win the Nairobi gubernatorial seat and will establish a team that understands the problems facing the city residents.
Addressing wananchi at the Nairobi Retail Market (Marikiti) and Eastleigh grounds on Wednesday, Mr Ruto said Jubilee now has a team that understands the city unlike those in the current team that he said has no idea on how to solve the people’s problems.
“We are confident as Jubilee that this time round we are taking over the leadership of the city. We have a team which understands the problems facing the people because they live with them,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President posed; “between Governor Evans Kidero and Mike Sonko, who understands the issues of Nairobi better?’
The Deputy President said the Opposition was banking on tribal politics to succeed during the August elections.
Mr Ruto was accompanied by the National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, National Assembly deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, Johnstone Sakaja (nominated), Cecily Mbarire (Runyenjes), Yusuf Hassan and Beatrice Elachi (nominated).
He said Kenyans were more enlightened than before and will elect development conscious leaders irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds.
Mr Ruto said Jubilee was committed to politics aimed at uniting the people irrespective of their ethnic, religious or political backgrounds.
“Jubilee has leaders who understand the problems facing the people and have the interest of the people at heart,” said Mr Ruto.
Mr Sonko who is Jubilee gubernatorial aspirant for Nairobi said he wants to restore sanity and order to allow the business community to thrive
Mr Sonko said they have come up with a plan on how to capture all the seats including the gubernatorial one that is being currently held by the Opposition.
“The days of council askaris harassing traders will be thing of the past. My administration will focus on encouraging businesses people but not harassing them,” said Mr Sonko.
“We have resolved to work together and ensure all seats in Nairobi seats will be captured by Jubilee come August election. We have leant from 2013 elections and we will not go the same route,” said Mr Sonko.
The Deputy President said the next election will not be about propaganda and lies but development related matters.
Mr Ruto said Jubilee has implemented its development agenda across the country unlike those in Opposition who have nothing to show in terms of development when they served in senior positions in the previous regimes.
Mr Duale said Opposition leaders have now sensed defeat and that’s why they are threatening to boycott the August election.
He said there was nowhere in the Constitution that gives powers to Returning Officers (ROs) at the Constituency level to announce the Presidential results saying it is only the chairman of IEBC that has the powers to do so.
“Those in the Opposition leaders want the ROs to have a final say on the presidential results at the constituency so that they can manipulate them on their strongholds,” said Mr Duale.
The MPs said they have united and strategized to wrest the leadership of Nairobi from the Opposition come August elections.