ODM leader Raila Odinga took his Azimio la Umoja campaign to Makueni County in the Ukambani region Friday.
The former Prime Minister was received by area governors Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), and Alfred Mutua (Machakos).
This happened at a time Deputy President William Ruto also toured Kitui County.
During the DP’s meet the people tour, his political allies claimed the Governors from the region have been blackmailed to support the Opposition leader’s bid for the Presidency.
They alleged that Mutua, Ngilu, and Kibwana either have to support Odinga or face corruption charges. In their opinion, the three county chiefs only opted to be with Raila to save themselves from prosecution.
“Governors are supporting Raila Odinga because they have been told if they support Dr Ruto they will be prosecuted,” said Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai
The lawmaker claimed that state agencies were using Governors to popularize Odinga’s candidacy against their wishes.
His sentiments received support from his Machakos Township counterpart Victor Munyaka who said Governors were supporting Odinga to secure their freedom after allegedly misappropriating public funds.
“They are following Raila to secure state protection for the crimes they have committed while in office,” said Mr. Munyaka
“He (Raila) can only protect you for the next 9 months.” He charged
They claimed Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru was threatened with trumped-up charges immediately after she defected to the Hustler Movement, a move aimed at coercing her to change her stance.
On his part, Ruto appealed to Kenyans to rally behind Hustler Movement’s bottom-up economic model that aims to transform their lives.
He said the bottom-up economic model was Kenya’s best option for addressing the country’s challenges citing poverty, hunger, and unemployment.
“Let us unite and vote in a government that will uplift our businesses, create jobs, and support our farmers,” said Ruto.
The DP said Kenyans should not to allow politicians to divide them along tribal lanes. He said his competitors had failed to unite under one national political party and instead opted to bank on tribal parties.
“If you cannot agree on a simple issue such as uniting in one political party, how will you unite Kenyans,? he posed