President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday told Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga to stop interfering with the work of Cabinet secretaries and other government officers.
The President said the officers were “junior” to the National Super Alliance coalition flagbearer and that he should leave them to work.
Speaking in Taveta town, the Head of State also offered to appoint Mr Odinga to his Cabinet should the Jubilee Party win the August 8 General Election.
President Kenyatta was reacting to Mr Odinga’s claim that acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i was working with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to rig the polls in favour of Jubilee.
President Kenyatta said: “He should stop interfering with my officers. He should leave Matiang’i to work.
“If he wants to be a minister, I will make him one after the elections.”
President Kenyatta ordered that squatters at AFC Farm in Taveta be allocated land where they had built houses.
He, however, warned that no new structures should be put up and only those living in the 7,000-acre land previously owned by former area MP Basil Criticos should benefit.
Saying his administration was keen on ending land problems, the President said the prices of part of the land that was being sold should be reduced.
Most of the land in Taita-Taveta County is owned by influential prominent personalities as locals remain landless and as squatters.
The President has been under immense pressure from the opposition to re-distribute huge tracts of land owned by his family to squatters.
The President, who also addressed rallies at Wundanyi, Mwatate and Voi, said he had fulfilled his promises and pleaded with residents to re-elect him for continued development.
President Kenyatta also issued title deeds to residents and opened the Voi-Mwatate-Taveta-Holili road. He said the road had eased movement.
He said his government was keen on resolving land problems in Taita-Taveta. He said 20,000 title deeds had been issued to residents in the past four years.
His government, the President said, had also improved electricity supply and equipped hospitals.
He reiterated that secondary education in public day schools will be free from January.
The President also said as Jubilee party leader he would only campaign for the party’s candidates.
Deputy President William Ruto also told the opposition to leave Dr Matiang’i alone. He said the CS only wanted to ensure peace during the elections.
Mr Ruto said the opposition was used to causing confusion and violence during polls. He said Nasa leaders should choose between being electoral officials and candidates.
The DP urged residents to vote for President Kenyatta and Jubilee. He told them to choose between Jubilee’s development record and the opposition’s “empty” politics.
Senator Dan Mwazo, who was elected on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket but defected to Jubilee, said residents would back President Kenyatta for a second term.
Taveta MP Naomi Shaban also vouched for President Kenyatta’s re-election.
President Kenyatta campaigned for Mr Mwazo to be governor, as well as the election of other Jubilee candidates.
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