President and DP in 3 counties campaign drive

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto on Monday intensified their campaigns by holding a series of meetings in three counties; urging voters to support Jubilee come October 26.

The President and the Deputy President traversed the counties of Garissa, Kitui and Machakos wooing residents to support the party, whose focus is development and unity of all Kenyans.

Addressing a rally in Masii grounds, Machakos County, where they wound up their long day campaign tours, President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto said Kenyans have a right to participate in the elections to choose leaders of their choice without any intimidation and coercion.

President Kenyatta told the Opposition leader Raila Odinga to stop interfering with the October 26 elections and instead focus on his personal issues after withdrawing from the race.

“Now that Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the race, he should allow other Kenyans to participate in their democratic right of electing their leaders,” said President Kenyatta.

The Head of State said it was the democratic right for Kenyans to demonstrate peacefully, saying such rights should not be abused.

“Although it’s the democratic right of Kenyans to demonstrate peacefully, such rights should not be abused by destroying peoples property,” said President Kenyatta.

He said Kenyans are peace-loving people who want to participate in the coming elections as set by IEBC on directive from the Supreme Court after nullifying the August 8 presidential elections.

“ We are people governed by the constitution and the rule of law. Millions of Kenyans are ready for election. The constitution says Kenyans have a right to elect their leaders through the ballot after every five years,” said President Kenyatta.

Present were National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and his Nairobi counterpart Mike Sonko, MPs Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Yusuf Hassan (Kamukunji), former MPs Gideon Ndambuki, Joe Mutambo and Regina Ndambuki.

Governor Mutua told the Opposition to stop interfering with the October 26 elections, saying such a move is aimed at infringing on the peoples right to elect their leaders.

“Even during the World Cup games, if a team withdraws, the games continues because the other teams will participate and the winner will be issued with the cup at the end of the game,” said Mr Mutua.

He said the withdrawal of Mr Odinga from the race doesn’t mean that elections will not take place.

“Elections will be there in October 26 whether Raila Odinga participates or not,” said Mr Mutua.

He commended the Kamba community for ignoring Nasa’s demonstrations and instead continued  with their day today development activities.

The MPs said Mr Odinga withdrew from the race because he doesn’t want to be humiliated at the ballot come October 26 as voters even in his strongholds have shifted to Jubilee.

They said Kenyans made their decisions in August 8 and will do the same in October 26.

“I want to make it clear here that President Kenyatta will win again in October 26. There is no way the Opposition can beat Jubilee,” said Mr Musyoka.

Ms Nyamai said Jubilee has done a lot in terms of develo

DP tells Raila to wait for 2022 if he’s not ready for Oct 26 fresh election

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Deputy President William Ruto has asked opposition leader Raila Odinga to wait for 2022 if he is not ready for the October 26 fresh election.

Speaking on Monday at Zombe trading centre in Kitui County where he accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta on the campaign trail, Deputy President Ruto said those who have withdrawn from the race should not prevent those who are willing to participate in the October 26 poll from doing so.

“If you decided you are not interested in the October 26 fresh election and withdrew from the race, we are appealing to you to allow us to elect our President in peace,” the Deputy President said.

“Since you withdrew from the fresh poll, why are you demonstrating and causing commotion? Allow us to elect President Kenyatta on October 26 and prepare to meet me at the ballot in 2022 if by then you will be ready,” the DP told Mr Odinga.

President Kenyatta said the opposition leader’s fear of defeat should not be allowed to deny Kenyans their right to express their will through the ballot box in line with the Constitution.

The President said the opposition is free not to participate in the October 26 fresh election but they should not prevent those who want to exercise their democratic right from doing so.

“Whereas we appreciate the constitutional right of every Kenyan to demonstrate and picket peacefully, we also as a Government understand our obligation to secure the lives and property of Kenyans who do not wish to participate in the demonstrations,” President Kenyatta said.

He added: “And we shall take action against anyone who chooses, under the guise of demonstration to loot, to vandalise, to rob or to injure innocent Kenyans.”

President Kenyatta termed the opposition “a group of self-seekers” who have no agenda to transform the country.

He urged Kenyans to turn out in large numbers and vote for him as they did on August 8, so that the country can continue on the path of growth and transformation.

The President assured Kenyans that his focus will remain trained on implementing policies and projects that will continue lifting the lives of all Kenyans.

He cited construction of new roads, expansion of electricity connection to households, improving health and education provision as key planks of his development agenda that would be interfered with if the opposition had their way.

National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale said anybody who tries to block Kenyans from voting on October 26 will be engaging in crime and will be punished according to the law.

Kitui leaders including MPs Nimrod Mbithuka Mbai (Kitui East)

Rachael Kaki Nyamai (Kitui South) and former senator David Musila who has since joined Jubilee vowed to rally residents and consolidate support for the President in the coming October 26 fresh polls.

“There is nothing to show in terms of development for all those years we have been in the opposition. We want development and we know we cannot get that from the opposition and their demonstrations,” Mr Musila said.

Others speakers include Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, former Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu and former Mwingi North MP John Munuve among others.

President Kenyatta, DP Ruto urge Garissa residents to turn out in large numbers for fresh polls in October 26

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto on Monday took Jubilee campaigns to Garissa County where they asked residents to give them a second term to continue implementing Jubilee development projects.

President Kenyatta asked residents to turn out in large numbers and vote for Jubilee, saying the Opposition has no agenda for the country.

The President said it was unfortunate that the Opposition has resorted to violence and chaos as a way of ascending to power.

“On the October 26, turn out in large numbers and vote for Jubilee so that we can beat Raila Odinga by a bigger margin compared to August 8 elections,” said President Kenyatta.

He added “Our opponents have no agenda for the country, they believe the way to ascend to power is through chaos”.

President Kenyatta said the Jubilee Administration is committed to implementing the free maternity program, last mile project, building roads and hospitals among other projects.

 The President said it was not his wish to have the elections repeated even though he won but he will respect the Supreme Court ruling, asking the opposition to do the same.

 “If you (NASA) are not ready for the fresh election why do you want to stop those who want to vote?,” he asked.

 President Kenyatta dismissed claims that his Government has marginalized North Eastern region citing key positions awarded to leaders from the region in national government.

“Tell me which Government has given North Eastern region positions of power like majority leader and three cabinet secretaries?” asked President Kenyatta.

The President announced that he will sign the Garissa University charter on Thursday, a move that will see the institution become a full university.

 Addressing the same rally, the Deputy President said Jubilee was ready to face the Opposition in the fresh election.

 Mr Ruto asked the Opposition to stop sideshows and excuses and instead allow Kenyans to hold peaceful election and continue with development.

The Deputy President told the opposition is was impossible to change what is on the constitution through demonstrations.

 “We have accepted to participate in the 26th election not because President Kenyatta won or because he will win but because we respect the constitution” said the Deputy President.

 He said it was clear the opposition has sensed defeat in the fresh polls.

 “The reason he has withdrawn is he realized he will lose by a bigger margin” said the Deputy President.

 Mr Ruto said Jubilee was ready to continue serving Kenyans by implementing projects that will transform their lives.

 The Deputy President told  the Opposition leader to prepare to face him in 2022 if he was not ready for the fresh polls.

 National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said Garissa residents and the rest of North Eastern region residents will vote for Jubilee.

 “As the people of Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Marsabit have resolved to vote for President Kenyatta” he said.

 Mr Duale who is also the Majority Leader in the National Assembly told the opposition that there will be no dialogue over power sharing adding that the constitution must be followed.

 His sentiments were echoed by Garissa Governor  Ali Korane who said the people of Garissa were ready to vote for President Kenyatta come October 26th.

 Other leaders who spoke included Senator Yufuf Haji, MP’s Abdi Omar (Balambala), Mohammed Dahir (Daadab), Yusuf Hassan (Kamkunji), Anab Mohamed Gure (Garissa Women Rep) and Rehema Dida Jaldesa (Isiolo Women Rep).