It is one day until the 2022 General Election. The loud campaigns are now silent, with each presidential candidate, Azimio’s Raila Odinga, Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto, Roots Party’s Prof George Wajackoyah and their Agano Party counterpart David Mwaure preparing for Kenyans’ decision. All of them resorted to God and worshipped Him Sunday, except for the wild card, ganja-loving Prof Wajackoyah.
An MP’s vehicle in Meru was burnt Saturday night and three of his workers went missing.
President Uhuru Kenyatta may be going home after tomorrow’s polls, but his final words may not go home with him as he pleaded with his Mt Kenya kinsmen to vote for Raila Odinga at the weekend.
MP’s vehicle torched, three aides missing
Police in Mikinduri, Meru County, are investigating the burning of Tigania East MP Gichunge Kabeabea’s vehicle on Saturday night.
The Toyota Prado was burnt to a shell by unknown persons near the Thiiti bridge, about one and a half kilometres from Mikinduri town.
Mr Kabeabea blamed the incident on one of his opponents, claiming his team had earlier in the day been pelted with stones by goons while campaigning in Athwana.
They shifted to Mikinduri and parked the vehicle on the side of a road and embarked on a door-to-door campaign targeting small groups of people.
They were alerted that the SUV had been torched and found it engulfed in a huge blaze when they returned to find out what was happening.
Raila, Ruto turn to God in final stretch to Tuesday poll
The leading presidential candidates – DP Ruto of Kenya Kwanza Mr Odinga of Azimio – Sunday sought divine intervention in their bids to win Tuesday polls.
Following the closure of campaigns on Saturday, Dr Ruto and Mr Odinga attended separate Sunday services in Nairobi, where they expressed optimism they would win the presidential race.
Dr Ruto, who was with Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi, among other Kenya Kwanza leaders, attended a service at Jesus Teaching Ministry (JTM) in Kayole.
On the other hand, Mr Odinga, with his wife Ida, running mate Martha Karua, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and ODM secretary-general Edwin Sifuna and others attended prayers at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
The DP used biblical quotes to hit at his opponents, whom he faulted for taking refuge in the “deep state and the system”, arguing that God will hand him victory.
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way,” the DP said, quoting Deuteronomy 28:7.
IDPs call for peaceful elections
As Kenya heads to the August 9 elections, some of the integrated internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the slums of Ponda Mali in Nakuru West are apprehensive.
They said they had not been paid their dues even after pursuing the matter with the outgoing Jubilee administration.
A majority of the IDPs said that for that reason, they will not participate in the polls. They appealed to President Kenyatta to ensure they are paid before he hands over the baton of power to the next President.
Some of them expressed fears about rising tension in the region as they recounted the harrowing tribulations and the killings they witnessed in the 2007/2008 post-election violence in the densely populated slums.
They claimed some residents had started fleeing the area and were heading to their rural homes in Western Kenya after leaflets warning some communities to leave before the elections were found scattered in the neighbouring Kaptembwa slums.
I will shake hands with Ruto after the elections, Raila says at final Azimio rally
Mr Odinga on Saturday made his final submission to voters, with a call to Kenyans to vote for him on Tuesday even as he pledged to continue with the spirit of the handshake and shake hands with either the winner or the loser of the election.
Speaking to thousands of his supporters at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, to listen to his final speech, Mr Odinga said the country was at an “inflection point”.
He said Kenyans will on Tuesday have a chance to decide on their destiny, adding that the Azimio coalition is the only ticket able to protect the gains of the previous administration while also fighting for a better future for all.
“Fellow Kenyans, Wangari and Amolo are not simply running to win an election. We are running to make Kenya a first-class global democracy and economy. We are running to build a Kenya of hope and opportunity, a Kenya not of 45 individual tribes but one big Kenyan tribe,” he said.