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President Kenyatta rallies Jubilee-stronghold of Tharaka Nithi for August 8

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CHUKA, 27 June 2017 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today rallied Jubilee supporters in Tharaka Nithi, traditionally known for recording the highest voter turnout in the country, to be ready to make history again.

The President wrapped up his tour of the populous county in style by making a rallying call to voters in Tharaka Nithi to back him to deliver a resounding defeat to his rival in the upcoming polls.

At a rally in Chuka Town, the President said he feels grateful for the support voters in the County gave him in 2013 and sought their favour again.

“You the people of Tharaka Nithi have always taken the cup for recording the biggest turnout during elections. I want you to do the same this time and ensure this man of kitendawili does not come near us,” said the President.

Before addressing the multitudes who gathered in Chuka, President Kenyatta and his deputy went on an intensive meet-the-people tour of the vast County.

The President and his deputy urged voters in the area to reject politicians who want to drag the country down through divisive politics.

“Kenya’s economic growth can’t be improved through politics of hatred, falsehoods and propaganda but by engaging in real development like we have done in the last four year and intend to do in the next five years once Kenyans give us the mandate,” said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta told residents in the region not to be swayed to vote for individuals who have no agenda for them as far as development was concerned.

He asked Kenyans to review the performance of leaders before electing them; saying leadership was not about propaganda, rhetoric or falsehoods but about efficient and effective services to the electorate.

“You have nothing to gain from supporting those in Opposition apart from stories and propaganda,” said President Kenyatta.

Among the areas the leaders addressed rallies included Mukothima, Kibunga, Marimanti, Ciakariga, Kathwana, Magutuni, Chogoria, Kiriani, Marima and Chuka towns.

Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands), Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, Senate Majority Leader Kindiki Kithure, MPs Mburi Muiru (Tharaka), and Beatrice Ngatha (Women Rep) accompanied them.

Deputy President Ruto told the people of Tharaka to support Jubilee because it has the interest of all Kenyans at heart.

“You should not gamble with your votes come August 8. You should not waste your votes by supporting the Opposition which is destined to lose as it is now clear that Jubilee is the winning team,” said the Deputy President.

The Deputy President said it is only Jubilee that was committed to the transformative agenda unlike the Opposition whose aim was to get power to share seats amongst themselves.

Mr Kindiki assured that residents in the area were firmly in support of President Kenyatta and his team.

“Voters in this County are firmly behind the leadership of President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. Our people do not want to engage in politics of guesswork,” said Mr Kindiki.

Mr Njuki said opposition leaders have no room in Mt Kenya region because they failed to deliver when they served in senior positions in the previous governments.

President Kenyatta’s pledge to provide quality education, topped with free secondary

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KATHWANA, 27 JUNE 2017 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today emphasized the Jubilee Party’s plan to transform the quality of education and to make it more inclusive.

Speaking a day after he unveiled the party’s Manifesto, President Kenyatta said his Government will provide free education in all public primary and day secondary education, a move aimed at achieving a 100 percent transition from primary to secondary school.

The President’s promise comes hot on the heel of major milestones achieved in the last four years under his Administration.

Some of the milestones achieved include Kenya’s education sector being ranked the best in Africa recently, a standard the Jubilee Government promises to maintain and improve.

The President, who spoke in Tharaka Nithi County where he and his deputy William Ruto, popularized the Jubilee Party Manifesto, said human capital is a great asset to any nation and his Administration will continue giving high priority to inclusive and quality education.

In the last four years, enrollment in national schools increased from only 4,600 to 24,795. The Jubilee Government has provided Kshs 25 million to each County to expand the existing school infrastructure to national school standards.

The Government has also recruited a record 16,000 teachers in the last four years – the highest number recruited in a similar time frame since independence.

President Kenyatta’s Administration has also increased the number of Technical Training Institutes to provide Technical and Vocational Education and Training from only 45 in 2013 to 206 today. Out of that number, 70 are under construction and will be completed soon.

President Kenyatta said his administration has invested in the expansion and revitalization of technical training institutes to respond to the growing demand for skilled labour by companies.

The Government has also overhauled the curriculum and the education system, improved its quality and relevance and restored the integrity of the examination system.

The Jubilee government has worked hard to transform the country’s education system to a more value-based and relevant to Kenya’s 21st-century development needs.

The ongoing curriculum review is aimed at moving the education system to a competency-based teaching framework.

Under President Kenyatta, the Government has introduced digital learning programme in a drive aimed at keeping Kenya’s human resource competitiveness and ensure the country maintains the best workforce in the region.

In that regard, 992, 073 digital learning devices have already been produced and distributed. Some 95,000 teachers have already been trained while digital learning content is available for children in Class 1 and 2.

The Jubilee Administration promises to improve the quality and quantity of the middle-level workforce by aligning the curriculum with the needs of industry, revitalising Youth Polytechnics, completing the ongoing construction of the 70 TTIs, and equipping and staffing all TTIs.

The President through the Party’s manifesto pledges to establish formal linkages between the private sector, academia and government to solve real life issues including by linking research and analysis to important national issues and by harnessing expertise in universities to support the industrialisation agenda.

The positive impact such arrangements can achieve has already been demonstrated in current schemes where two universities are producing digital learning equipment for primary schools, the party Manifesto says.

Jubilee also pledges to establish centres of excellence and an innovation hub to tap into the talent pool of Kenyan youth.

It further pledges to establish a centre of excellence in the automotive sector and position the Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) at Konza Technopolis as a world-class Science and Technology Research University which will nurture a technologically advanced population.

President Kenyatta popularizes the Jubilee Manifesto

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KATHWANA, 27 JUNE 2017, (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today took the Jubilee Party Manifesto to the people, barely hours after it was formally launched at a grand ceremony in Nairobi last evening.

The President toured the County of Tharaka Nithi where he promoted the Jubilee Manifesto as superior to anything that the opposition can dream of coming up with.

He said the party’s manifesto is a blueprint that will ensure Kenya achieves robust growth and becomes a nation that offers shared prosperity for its 45 million citizens.

The President explained to residents the key pledges in the Manifesto in which his Administration pledges to create 1.3 million jobs every year.

He said the Jubilee Party has a robust plan that will propel Kenya forward in its journey to prosperity, and is centered on more jobs and rapid industrialisation.

On Monday evening, as he set the stage for the launch of the manifesto, President Kenyatta had promised that he would give Kenyans a Government that works with, and empowers the people.

“We will empower the 45 million people so that they can stand up for themselves without depending on the government and donors,” said the President.

He said the focus of the Jubilee Government in the next five years will be to create more jobs and wealth through proper policies and financing to speed up the industrialisation of the country.

While popularizing the Manifesto in the populous Tharaka Nithi County, President Kenyatta said that employment creation was at the heart of the next Jubilee administration’s priorities.

 

“We will create at least 6.5 million jobs over five years so that our youth can secure good jobs so that they can enjoy a decent life,” said the President.

He said his Government promises to continue to develop transport, ICT and energy infrastructure so that Kenya attracts global industry thereby expanding the availability of sustainable Jobs for everyone.

The Jubilee Party 10-point manifesto include:

– To create 1.3 million jobs every year and work with county governments to establish at least one industry in every county.

– To establish a government sponsored apprenticeship programme of up to 12 months for all university and TVET graduates.

– To double the number of vulnerable citizens supported through the cash transfer programme (Inua Jamii) from 700,000 to 1,400,000. This will include all citizens above the age of 70; in addition, all citizens above the age of 70 will obtain health insurance cover through the NHIF.

– To expand the free primary school programme to include free day public secondary schools in Kenya.

– To facilitate mass housing production of at least 500,000 affordable homes in 5 years across the country by working in partnership with financial institutions, private developers, manufacturers of building materials and cooperatives to deliver homes faster and reduce the cost of construction by at least 50%.

– To expand free maternity care to include government funded NHIF cover for every expectant mother for one year.

– To ensure every citizen is connected to reliable and affordable electricity (on or off-grid) by 2020.

– To expand food and agricultural production, double the fertiliser subsidy initiative, reducing the cost to farmers to less than Ksh1, 500. Expand the programme to include all crops with a resultant increase in production and support the expansion and capacity of local fertiliser manufacture.

– to complete the 57-large-scale dam construction programme, support small-holder agricultural irrigation and work with the private sector to enhance food and agricultural production on at least 1.2 million acres.

– To make government more transparent and accountable through the digitisation of all government procurement; expand and deliver e-government services through the growing network of Huduma Centres.

The President started his tour of Tharaka Nithi in Mukuthima and is due to address a total of ten rallies in different parts of the County.

Jubilee pledges better health care, free for the aged, new mothers, physically challenged children

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The Jubilee party will provide free treatment to all Kenyans aged 70 and above, through a revamped National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) package.
The pledge is part of the party’s policy to achieve free, quality primary healthcare for all Kenyans.All new born children and their mothers will also get one year free treatment through the same scheme. Families with physically challenged children will also get insured.

The Party also promised to set up 10 new referral hospitals across the country so as to ensure quality healthcare at county level.

“Expand NHIF cover to all Kenyans above 70 years of age and provide insurance to families with children with disability,” reads the Manifesto

The party also pledged to ensure that NHIF will also cater for a broader set of services.

“NHIF will be expanded to cover to ensure availability of drugs, the party pledged to establish cold
chains for drugs and vaccines to ensure safe and high quality drugs are available in the regions.

“Our commitment to the Kenyan people is to establish at least one specialised cancer hospital in the country to reduce the financial burden and other challenges faced by patients seeking cancer
treatment,” reads the Manifesto.

According to the Manifesto Jubilee has increased dialysis sessions from 132 in 2013 to 522 currently.

“In 2013 we had only 56 ICU and four HDU bed in 2013, which has increased to 83 ICU beds in major hospitals across all countries. Other promises include connecting all hospitals to the Internet.

Jubilee’s full pledges on healthcare are:

-Achieve free, quality primary healthcare for all Kenyans.

-Expand the “Linda Mama” programme (free maternity programme) to mission and private hospitals and provide health cover through NHIF for all expectant mothers for a period of 12 months covering the period before and after birth.

-Expand NHIF cover to all Kenyans above 70 years of age and provide insurance to families with children with disability. Expand benefit packages for all NHIF members to cover a broader set of services including emergency ambulance evacuation, heart surgeries and chronic diseases.

-Continue the drive towards universal health care. By 2022 more than 13 million Kenyans will have health insurance through NHIF.

-Increase the number of health facilities at the community level, including mobile health services so that you and your family have access to a fully equipped health centre within 5 miles of your home.

-Continue to scale up the Managed Equipment Programme and establish 10 new referral hospitals.

-Establish regional cold chains for drugs and vaccines to ensure safe and high quality drugs are available in the regions.

-Establish at least one specialised cancer hospital in the country to reduce the financial burden and other challenges faced by patients seeking cancer treatment.-Provide internet enabled communication in all hospitals to enable medical personnel to seek expert guidance and support from specialists across the country and abroad.

-Make health and medical tourism a vibrant socio-economic sub-sector in Kenya.

President Kenyatta puts jobs, industrialisation at top of Jubilee agenda for next 5 years

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President Kenyatta puts jobs, industrialisation at top of Jubilee agenda for next 5 years

NAIROBI, 26 JUNE 2017, (PSCU) – President Kenyatta today unveiled the Jubilee Party’s robust plan to continue Kenya’s journey to prosperity, centred on more jobs and rapid industrialisation.

The Jubilee Party Manifesto for 2017 was unveiled at a colourful ceremony at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, one of Kenya’s most iconic locations.

President Kenyatta set the stage by speaking to his Administration’s achievements in the last four and half years, which he said had set a firm foundation for the empowerment of Kenya’s 45-million-strong population.

“We wish to give you a Government that works with, and empowers the people. We will empower the 45 million people so that they can stand up for themselves without depending on the government and donors,” said the President.

The President listed achievements including the completion of the first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway, more than 7,000 kilometres of roads constructed since 2013, expanded electricity connection, enhanced generation and distribution of power, return of vehicle assembling plants, and improved global standing in terms of doing business among other milestones.

He said the focus of the Jubilee Government in the next five years will be to create more jobs and wealth through proper policies and financing to speed up the industrialisation of the country.

“Employment creation is at the heart of the next Jubilee administration’s priorities. We commit to creating at least 6.5 million jobs over five years to ensure that our people, particularly our youth, can secure and maintain good jobs that enable them to enjoy a decent life,” said the President.

On industrialisation the President said: “we are building a 21st Century hi-tech industrial revolution in Kenya. Our plan is to continue to develop our nation’s transport, ICT and energy infrastructure so that Kenya attracts global industry and, with it, a huge expansion in sustainable, high quality, hi-tech jobs for everyone, young and old.”

He said his Government’s record for the last four years is worthy of support.

“Nations are not built on dreams. They are built on visions that are turned into reality. In the last four years we have laid the foundation for our country to move to the next stage,” said the President.

The President said the Jubilee Party is committed to solving problems Kenyans face unlike the opposition which has offered nothing but blames and propaganda.

The party unveiled a 10 point plan to propel the country’s transformational development, anchored on three pillars.

Jubilee’s 10-point manifesto include:

– To create 1.3 million jobs every year and work with county governments to establish at least one industry in every county.

– To establish a government sponsored apprenticeship programme of up to 12 months for all university and TVET graduates.

– To double the number of vulnerable citizens supported through the cash transfer programme (Inua Jamii) from 700,000 to 1,400,000. This will include all citizens above the age of 70; in addition, all citizens above the age of 70 will obtain health insurance cover through the NHIF.

– To expand the free primary school programme to include free day public secondary schools in Kenya.

– To facilitate mass housing production of at least 500,000 affordable homes in 5 years across the country by working in partnership with financial institutions, private developers, manufacturers of building materials and cooperatives to deliver homes faster and reduce the cost of construction by at least 50%.

– To expand free maternity care to include government funded NHIF cover for every expectant mother for one year.

– To ensure every citizen is connected to reliable and affordable electricity (on or off-grid) by 2020.

– To expand food and agricultural production, double the fertiliser subsidy initiative, reducing the cost to farmers to less than Ksh1, 500. Expand the programme to include all crops with a resultant increase in production and support the expansion and capacity of local fertiliser manufacture.

– to complete the 57-large-scale dam construction programme, support small-holder agricultural irrigation and work with the private sector to enhance food and agricultural production on at least 1.2 million acres.

– To make government more transparent and accountable through the digitisation of all government procurement; expand and deliver e-government services through the growing network of Huduma Centres.

The President was enthused by progress so far.

“The difference between us and our competitors is like day and night. They are looking for leadership by blaming others we offer solutions problems that Kenyans face,” said the President Kenyatta.

Deputy President William Ruto said the Jubilee Manifesto is the best Kenyans can get from any party and builds on the progress achieved in the last four and half years.

“We have a superior plan that our competitors can only copy. We welcome them to copy because it is the best,” said the Deputy President.

Jubilee’s manifesto is anchored on the pillars of transforming Lives, transforming Society and transforming the Nation.

Under transforming lives pillar, the Jubilee Party promises to transform health services, provide education and training for the 21st Century and to provide affordable, decent housing for Kenyans, , ensuring safe and sufficient water for all, empowering youth, empowering women, promote sport, culture and the arts.

Under the Transforming Society pillar, the Jubilee Party promised to improve Governance, enhance justice and the fight against corruption, building a public service that is fit for service, building a united and cohesive nation, boost security and policing and continue support to devolution to bring government closer to the people.

Under the Transforming the Nation pillar, the Jubilee Party promises to take measures to make the economy more broad based, inclusive and modern, building Kenya’s infrastructure for the 21st century, to transform Kenya’s Industry – Build Kenya, Buy Kenya, continue with reforms on land, agriculture and the environment, develop the blue economy, strengthen foreign relations and trade and build Africa’s silicon savannah and continue making the tourism sector more vibrant.

Jubilee’s plan to harness youth power

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Jubilee’s plan to harness youth power

NAIROBI, 26 JUNE 2017, (PSCU) – The Jubilee Party’s transformation programme aims to harness the creative energy of the youth by providing skills and opportunities to young people to take our country to the next level.

In its Manifesto for the next five years, the ruling party promises to ensure there is a dedicated organisation – a Youth Development Council – working to facilitate the necessary training, skills building and mentoring to link young people with these jobs.

The Youth Development Council will provide coordination of all youth related activities and facilitate the necessary training, skills building and mentoring to link young people with emerging job opportunities.

It also pledged to encourage young people into the entrepreneurial and business sectors. “We will ensure access to sufficient and affordable credit by working with financial institutions to develop appropriate products to support them,” the manifesto says.

Speaking at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani where the manifesto was launched, President Uhuru Kenyatta said his administration has placed the youth at the top of its transformational agenda.

He promised to work for “growth that leaves no one behind; modernisation that secures our future for generations to come; and a prosperity that we can all share and enjoy.”

In the next five years Jubilee will undertake the following to support the youth:

-Establish a Youth Development Council to provide coordination of all youth related activities and facilitate the necessary training, skills building and mentoring to link young people with emerging job opportunities.

-Ensure every young person seeking employment is identified by carrying out a continuous Ward, Constituency and County level registration process through the Ajira Platform. We shall ensure that through the Youth Development Council they are linked to potential employers.

-Ensure more opportunities for employment for youth by transforming the National Youth Service to implement commercial projects in Kenya and abroad.

-Expand the participation of young people in national development and guarantee that 30% of all appointments, projects and budgets specifically target them.

-Link training and skills building to jobs, we will attach every youth registered through the Ajira Platform, to a specific public project such as the building of roads and housing, irrigation, water infrastructure and electrification projects.

-Encourage organisations to take on board interns by expanding the tax incentive framework. n Prepare highly talented young people to work in the Public Service by introducing a Young Professionals Management Programme.

-Establish the Biashara Bank by merging the Micro and Small Enterprise Authority, the Youth Enterprises Development Fund, the Women Enterprises Fund and the Uwezo Fund to provide coordination in the delivery of affordable financing and support for business development.

-Provide structured support to the creative sectors, which have high potential for youth employment including film music and fashion and bring them into the mainstream economy.

-Scale up the “Studio Mashinani” and “Talent pia ni Kazi” where young people can affordably record and expose their creative talent to the market as we harness their talent to create new jobs.

The achievements Jubilee has recorded in empowering the youth over the last four years are:

-Expanded the youth empowerment programme by providing low interests loans to youth owned enterprises to enable them to grow their businesses. This has increased from Ksh4.9bn accessed by 407,793 young people in 6 years up to 2013 to Ksh11.8bn disbursed to 893,438 young people under the Youth Enterprise Development Fund. This support has enabled young people to participate in economic development and provided opportunities for formal and self-employment.

-Increased the number of young people recruited through the National Youth Service (NYS) from 4,000 in 2013 to 37,005 in 2016.

-Ksh42.8 billion has been awarded to youth, women and people with disabilities through the 30% procurement Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) benefiting close to 40,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the supply chain.

-Trained over 12,000 Micro, Small and Medium enterprises in entrepreneurship and management in the past four years compared to none in 2012-13.

President Kenyatta says industrialisation heart of next phase of growth

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President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday that rapid industrialisation was at the heart of the next phase of Kenya’s development and would see millions more people lifted out of poverty.
On the second day of campaigns in Meru County, the President said the Jubilee administration had laid a firm foundation for growth, and it involved growth that left no one behind.The President and Deputy President William Ruto were accompanied by a host of local leaders on the campaign trail. They spoke ahead of the launch of their re-election manifesto on Monday.

They said billions of Shillings of investments in energy, roads, clean water, irrigation, and healthcare provided a condusive environment for investors to plough cash in the area and other parts of the country.

The President spoke of measures taken to cushion miraa farmers in Meru, including legally making miraa a cash crop, but added that real value lay in value-addition.

The President and his deputy wrapped up their visit their visit with a major announcement that Maua will be transformed into a major city.

The two leaders who spoke when they addressed a huge rally at the Maua Stadium said plans have been finalized and funds allocated to revamp the town to have facilities required for a big city.

President Kenyatta said the roads in the town will be upgraded at the cost of Sh1.1 billion to prepare the town for its transformation into a major city.

He announced that Sh700 million has already been set a side to construct a modern sewerage system for the town which is the hub of the miraa growing region in Meru County.

The Head of State also issued a directive for the upgrade and modernization of the Maua Stadium by next year.

“We want Maua to become a city that will become a hub for industries so that the youth do not have to struggle to get jobs,” said the President when he spoke after launching the construction of  Maua town roads.

The Deputy President said the new plan will turn Maua into a central hub for the region and boost the economy of the region.

“We will make Maua a city like Nairobi and we have already allocated Sh1.1 billion to construct roads in the town and  Sh700 million has also been allocated for a sewerage system,” said the Deputy President.

The two leaders said the Jubilee Government has given a priority to improve the infrastructure network in Meru County and has funded the construction of 350 kilometers of roads.

“Today, we launched the construction of the road linking Laare to Isiolo and it will take you 30 minutes to reach the Isiolo International Airport as opposed to the four hours it takes now,” said the President.

The Deputy President said the planned transformation of Maua is part of the Jubilee Government’s agenda to industrialize the country in order to create more jobs and wealth for Kenyans.

He said the investment the Government has made in establishing technical institutes in all constituencies is aimed at supporting the plan to industrialise the country.

The DP said the Jubilee Government also plans to reduce unemployment by providing paid internships to graduates from universities and technical institutes.

The paid internships, to be implemented by the Government in partnership with the private sector, will equip graduates with the right skills for the job market.

The President and his deputy started their tour on Friday and have visited all major settlements in the. County.

During the tour, the President launched the issuance of more than 100, 000 title deeds for residents Meru town, Maua town and Sirimon Settlement Scheme. The issuing of title deeds will be extended to all parts of the County.

The President is scheduled to visit Kaimosi in Vihiga on Sunday for a Church Service.

Meru leaders’ verdict: President Kenyatta fulfilled all his pledges

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Meru leaders Friday night hosted a thank-you dinner for President Uhuru Kenyatta to express appreciation for the fulfillment of pledges the Head of State made to the people of the County.
The leaders said the President and Deputy President William Ruto, who also attended the dinner, have fulfilled all requests the people of the populous county made to the Government.Senator Kiraitu Murungi, running for Governorship of Meru, spoke on behalf of the leaders to declare the verdict that President Kenyatta kept his promise.

“Our agenda is simple. We want to celebrate the accomplishment of all the things we asked from you and use this occasion to celebrate the friendship existing between you and the people of Meru,” said Mr Murungi at the Alba Hotel, Meru, where the dinner was held.

He enumerated the number of projects and interventions Meru leaders requested from the Government on behalf of the people, beginning with the construction of roads.

“We asked for your support in the construction of roads and we requested for at least 20 kilometers for each Constituency besides other roads covered by Government programs and that has been accomplished,” said Mr Murungi.

“That kind of achievement has never been accomplished by any other Government.”

He said the second request they presented to the President in earlier meetings was on water supplies.

“The Government has already allocated Sh300 million for the construction of mega dams in the County,” said the Jubilee governor candidate.

He said the President is also appreciated for issuing more title deeds to residents of the County than all other administrations.

“The people of Meru especially those in Tigania and Igembe have been waiting for title deeds since before independence. No Government has ever issued as many titles as your Government has done,” said Mr Murungi.

The other request the President has fulfilled is to write off a Sh400 million debt that was owed by the Meru Central Dairy Cooperative Union.

“We are also grateful that farmers in Meru will benefit from the debt waiver offered by the Government for coffee farmers,” said Mr Murungi.

He pointed out that one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Kenyatta’s leadership are Miraa farmers after he assented to a law upgrading the product into a cash crop.

He said Miraa previously existed in a grey area with no one knowing whether it was legal or illegal but thanks to President Kenyatta it is now recognized as a cash crop that enjoys State support.

“When the crop was faced with market challenges especially in Europe you stepped in to give Sh1 billion and later increased it to Sh2 billion to support the sector,” he said.

Mr Murungi said the County has benefited from Government initiatives like upgrade of health services, improved education like all other regions but added that the Meru feel honoured by the attention the President has accorded them.

“We in Meru feel special and we are going to give you total support,” said Mr Murungi, who said he is confident to take over the office of Governor.

He said upon taking office he would improve the working relationship between the Meru County government and the National Government.

President Kenyatta said he felt honoured by the gesture shown him by the leaders of the County.

He said he would continue supporting the people of the County to achieve progress.

“I totally value your friendship and we will continue doing everything possible to support you,” said the President, expressing confidence Jubilee will win the upcoming election.

The Deputy President said he was pleased with the enthusiasm with which the people of Meru have shown in supporting Jubilee.

“I want to confirm that the Meru nation is very loyal and their friendship is genuine. The reception we received today is a confirmation of that friendship,” said Mr Ruto.

Meru Senate Candidate Mithika Linturi, Women Rep Florence Kajuju and all candidates running for MP and MCA on the Jubilee Party ticket attended the dinner.

The President and his deputy have camped in Meru since Friday morning to drum up support for their re-election.

On Friday, they went on a meet-the-people tour covering Igoji, Kiandenge, Nkubu, Kariene, Timau, Kiirua, Makutano and finally wrapped up their journey with a rally at the Meru Bus Park.

Today, the two leaders will visit Laare, Maua and Kangeta as well as other surrounding populated settlements.

President Kenyatta, DP drum up support for Jubilee in Meru

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto wrapped up the first day of their tour of Meru County with a rally in Meru Town where they urged residents to back Jubilee candidates.
The two leaders, who spent the day traversing parts of the populous county, will tomorrow visit more areas to meet and rally supporters.Today, they drum up support for their re-election, urging residents of the populous county to bring out the vote on August 8 to give Jubilee a resounding win.

They started their tour of the county by addressing residents of Igoji before proceeding by road, addressing more meetings at Kiandenge, Nkubu and Kariene. From Kariene, they flew to Timau from where they again drove by road to Meru where they addressed a huge rally.

Tomorrow, the President will lead the Jubilee campaign team to visit Kagaani, Mikinduri, Laare, Maua and Kangeta.

During today’s tour, the President and his deputy rooted for Jubilee candidates at the county level.

“Give me a Jubilee team to work with me and help me implement policies of the Jubilee Government,” said the President when he addressed the Meru rally.

Current Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi is the party’s candidate for the post of Governor while Mithika Linturi is the Senate Candidate and Florence Kajuju is gunning to retain her seat as the county’s Women Rep.

The President told residents they should not be distracted by small differences from the goal of ensuring Jubilee Party wins with a big margin at all levels.

He said the Government has achieved a lot of progress in transforming the country and will continue with the same spirit in the next five years.

The President said the Government has funded the construction of roads in the county at the cost of more than Sh20 billion.

He said more residents have had their homes connected to electricity than was done in the previous 50 years.

At Kariene the President launched construction of the Coca cola-Mpuri-Kithaku-Katheri and Kithurune – Kariene – Kaguma/Gaitu –Giaki roads at a cost of Kshs 1.8 billion while at Kiirua he launched the construction of Kisima – Kibirichia – Kiirua – Ruiru at the cost of Sh1.7 billion.

At Timau, the President also presided over the issuance of title deeds to residents of Sirimon Settlement Scheme. The President also oversaw the issuance of title deeds in Meru Town.

During the various stops during today’s tour, the President piled more pressure on opposition leader Raila Odinga over his divisive politics.

The President said the opposition leader should show more love for the country instead of pitting one tribe against another.

“An individual who says he will throw out some communities from where they live if he becomes President does not deserve to lead this country,” said the President.

The Deputy President on his part said the opposition has nothing but empty rhetoric for Kenyans.

“Do you want to vote for empty talk or for development which Jubilee stands for? All they have is propaganda and hate,” said the Deputy President.

President Kenyatta maintains pressure on Odinga over Kajiado comments

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today maintained pressure on Raila Odinga, saying comments in Kajiado by the opposition chief showed him to be a deeply divisive figure not interested in the nation’s unity.

On the campaign trail in the vote-rich Meru County, President Kenyatta said the Jubilee administration had now issued nearly 2.9 million land tittle deeds over the last four years – and they had gone to Kenyans of all tribes and races, living in varied corners of the republic.

The President is accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and a team of Jubilee aspirants led by Senator Kiraitu Murungi, running for Governor, MP Mithika Linturi for Senator and Florence Kajuju who is defending her Women Rep post.

“The opposition say they are 10 million strong and after Kajiado we now know why. They represent 10 million. They don’t care for a united country. That is why we say we are 45-million strong. It is not about us, it is about our entire republic,” President Kenyatta said.

“They say some people should return to their homes. But where is your home? Is it not where you live,” he posed.

He said a person who has the audacity to make such divisive and inflammatory statements does not deserve to lead Kenyans.

“Don’t you have any shame? How can you stand in front of Kenyans and say some people should be moved from where they live,” said the President in Timau.

The President and DP asked voters to reject the opposition for propagating politics based on ethnic hatred for selfish gains. They also said the Jubilee party as well as citizens across the country were ready to hold elections, and no opposition schemes to sabotage the poll would be allowed to succeed.

President Kenyatta said his administration believes in unity, peace and development for all Kenyans as opposed to the opposition, which is engaging in a game of tribal segregation.

He challenged the opposition to prove their love for the country by abandoning their partisan politics and instead work for the betterment of all Kenyans.

“Opposition should be productive, offer alternative solutions instead of issuing threats that divide Kenyans on ethnics backgrounds. Any corner of this country is for all of us,” said President Kenyatta.

The President said opposition leaders have run out of ideas to sell to Kenyans and that was the main reason why they were inciting Kenyans against each other.

He said the Jubilee Party embodies the unity of all Kenyans and was principally formed to strive against tribalism and the negative ethnicity the opposition is thriving on.

“Our focus is to unite Kenyans and not to divide them on ethnic grounds as is being done by those in the Opposition,” said President Kenyatta.

He accused Raila of promoting tribalism when the Jubilee administration was busy building bridges of friendship to steer the country to a better future.

Addressing wananchi in Egoji, Kariaine, Igoji, Nkubu grounds, Timau, Kiiru, Makutano and Meru town, the leaders said politicians should spend their energies to unite Kenyans to bring to an end the fear and anxiety that engulfs the country after every election.

The President said the divisive politics the opposition has specialized in is what made the second term of President Mwai Kibaki’s government not to achieve as much progress as it did in the first term.

“The first five years of President Kibaki saw Kenya achieve tremendous development but the progress was less in the last five years because of the infighting brought by the coalition government. We do not want to go back there,” said the President at Kiirua.

Deputy President Ruto said the Jubilee Party is fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of those who fought for Kenya’s independence and whose wish was to attain a united country.

He said Kenyans should ignore the main opposition group because it is composed of people who failed to deliver progress for Kenyans when they served in previous governments.

“They served for a combined total of 100 years in previous governments. How can they achieve in five years what they failed to do in those 100 years,” said Deputy President Ruto.

He urged the residents of the county to vote in large numbers to ensure that Jubilee’s win is decisive.

Meru gubernatorial candidate Kiraitu Murungi said the people of Meru have already made their decision to support President Kenyatta and his team ahead of the August General Election.

“Voters in Meru are firmly in support of Jubilee and will not be misled to support the Opposition which has nothing new to offer them,” said Mr Kiraitu.

They were accompanied by MPs Florence Kajuju (Women Rep, Meru), Mpuru Aburi and Mintika Linturi among others.