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Uhuru, Raila make final push in swing-vote counties

2017-07-17T10:34:24.705+0000 Nicholas Sewe

President Uhuru Kenyatta during a Jubilee Party rally in Mombasa on July 16, 2017. [Photo/PSCU]

With 21 days left to the August 8 general election, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee Party and Nasa's Raila Odinga are making their final trips in a bid to woo voters.

President Kenyatta is to visit 14 counties in a campaign blitz over the next week, taking the simple message that he has done building the foundations for prosperity and to urge Kenyans to hand him a second term to finish the job.

The President, who flew into Mombasa on Sunday, has meet-the-people gatherings planned for Kilifi, Mombasa, Lamu, Kwale, Tana River and Taita Taveta covering the next three days.

The President will then campaign in Nairobi, before heading north to the counties of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit, Isiolo and Samburu, capping a staggering whirlwind sweep through Kenya that will leave him with only a handful of counties to reach out to before elections on 8 August 2017.

The President and Deputy President have already made more than 400 campaign stops meeting residents in more than 40 counties since 29 May 2017 when they handed in their nomination papers.

Monday, President Kenyatta will visit the counties of Lamu and Tana River to talk to the residents about his Action Plan as he rallies their support for his re-election to entrench the transformational foundation he has laid in his first term in office.

On Tuesday, President Kenyatta will be in Kwale where his administration has invested huge resources in dam and road construction, installed modern state-of-the-art medical equipment and increased electricity connections to households to accelerate economic activities.

The President will wrap up his tour of the region on Wednesday by visiting the upper coastal county of Taita Taveta.

The President will be in Nairobi on Friday, before heading to the northern counties at the weekend.

Raila Odinga in Nyamira. [Photo/]

Nasa principals Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang’ula and Isaac Ruto are today headed to Homa Bay for campaigns in a bid to counter possible gains made by last week’s visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo says Mr Odinga will explain to residents how the Jubilee administration is “taking mileage” on projects he helped initiate during the grand coalition government when he was prime minister.

He is also expected to urge residents to vote for ODM in a six-piece pattern.

ODM candidates in the region are facing tough challenge from independent candidates.

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