A section of Meru residents on Saturday burned Jubilee t-shirts in protest ahead of a visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The youth, who were chanting pro-ODM slogans in praise of Coalition for Reforms Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga [see video below] protested Uhuru’s visit saying they felt neglected by his administration.
Meru county is engulfed in a heated political contest between Party of National Unity (PNU) leader and incumbent Governor Peter Munya and Senator Kiraitu Murungi who seeks to run for the Meru governorship seat on a Jubilee ticket.
Kiraitu rattled a section of residents and Governor Munya at the Jubilee delegates meeting last week after he compared PNU to a goat that would be skinned on the August 8 elections.
On Friday, youth believed to be affiliated to Jubilee vandalized PNU billboards ahead of Uhuru’s visit.
This comes just days after Deputy President William Ruto was heckled in Narok during his camping to mobilise the residents to register as voters.
The residents accused Jubilee of neglecting them saying they had not witnessed any development projects in the region.
Some of the issues raised included poor health system, poor infrastructure and unemployment.
The resident also claimed that they were being asked to pay Ksh300 by local administration officers to be given national Identification cards.
DP Ruto however promised to address the concerns raised while calling on the county commissioner to investigate claims of extortion by local administration officers.
President Uhuru is on a visit of different counties to mobilise residents to register as voters ahead of the August elections.
So far the president has visited Murang’a, Isiolo and Nyeri counties with Kirinyaga, Kajiado, Samburu, Laikipia, Garissa and Tharaka Nithi also in the president’s itinerary.
The president had in past rallies called on his supporters to register in large numbers and participate in the August elections to ensure his re-election.
He has also urged Jubilee aspirants to lead voter registration campaigns in their regions to mobilise more people to register as voters.
In his address to the leaders at the Jubilee delegates meeting in Nairobi last week, President Kenyatta said: “After the one-month voter registration, we will meet here and give awards for the ward, constituency and county that will register the highest number of voters.”
CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula and Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi are also on a tour of different regions to encourage people to register as voters.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Ezra Chiloba on Tuesday claimed that only 82,000 people were registered on the first day of the exercise (on Monday, January 16, 2017).
The numbers however exuded Tana River, Lamu, Turkana and Laikipia counties whose records were not submitted to IEBC on time due to technical difficulties, according to Chiloba.