We Have Been Neglected Since the Handshake, Central Kenya and Rift Valley Leaders Cry Out

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga./COURTESY

    Leaders from both the Rift Valley and Mt Kenya region are crying foul over President Uhuru’s truce with ODM leader Raila Odinga, saying since the handshake, their regions have been marginalized from mega development projects as it was previously the norm.They are angered by the government projects in pro-opposition zones which they say did not vote for Jubilee, hence do not deserve any government projects.

    The leaders have taken  an issue with Interior CS Fred Matiangi who is tasked with supervising and coordinating all government projects, saying he has never  set foot in their regions to oversee or supervise ongoing projects by the government.They say Matiangi on the other hand has made frequent visits to opposition zone and initiated a number of projects.

    “It is like all arms of government are fighting the Rift Valley. At this rate, we might take drastic steps and declare our stand.Mega projects in the region should start, including the Aror and Kimwarer Dam, even as the investigations continue,” says Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono.

    His Moiben counterpart  Silas Tiren says Jubilee administration has neglected the region which voted for president Uhuru to the last man, even though they are the country’s food basket.

    “It seems the President has been avoiding the region for fear of a backlash from residents over unfulfilled pre-election pledges, including better pricing of maize and whether he still supports the DP’s presidential bid,” says a local political commentator.

    South Rift leaders, including Bomet Deputy Governor Hillary Barchok and MPs Ronald Tonui, Japheth Mutai, and Gideon Koskei, said the government should fulfil its pre-election pledges to residents.

    “Sadly, there are mega infrastructure projects being implemented in Kisumu and the larger Nyanza region whose residents did not vote for Jubilee in the last two elections,” claimed Bomet Senator Christopher Langat.

    Central Kenya leaders are singing the same tune and MP Kanini Kega says the president was supposed to visit his constituency to preside over a number of development projects only for the visit to be cancelled last minute.

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