It has not been business as usual for some Rift Valley and Mt. Kenya leaders since the famous March 9th handshake between president Uhuru Kenyatta and his brother Raila Odinga.
Leaders from the areas have lately been expressing concerns that their regions have been sidelined since the March 9th Political truce between Raila and Uhuru.
They have claimed that the government has prioritized projects in opposition strongholds yet they did not even push the Jubilee agenda during the 2017 General Elections.
Raila Odinga Junior, son to Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has told off the critics who are now crying foul over the truce between the two leaders by alleging that their regions have been marginalized from mega development projects.
According to him, the leaders claiming that their regions have been marginalized do not make sense since each and every part of the Country deserves to be developed irregardless of it’s political stand in the last elections.
What nonsense is this? Are they trying to say if you include every region you marginalize the regions that voted for you, childlike arguments https://t.co/7wVlGiISCD
— Raila Junior Odinga (@Railajunior) June 5, 2019
Since the handshake, Raila’s Nyanza Backyard got an estimated 10 billion shillings for development projects in just one year.
However, this has not been the same case with the Central and Rift Valley areas.
Moiben MP Silas Tiren says Jubilee administration has neglected the Rift Valley region yet the people overwhelmingly voted for him together with his Deputy William Ruto.
“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,” said a local political commentator.