We can make Kenya a great nation – UhuRuto

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BY UHURU KENYATTA AND WILLIAM RUTO

Throughout history, great leaders have come together for the good of their nations. Sometimes these individuals have sacrificed their careers – others have sacrificed far more – to act for the good of their country and their people. Today, history judges these leaders, with the best held up as heroes; their decisions having shaped history.

Abraham Lincoln – perhaps the greatest of all American presidents – led a young America through a civil war of shocking intensity and violence. Families were ripped apart; communities turned on themselves. Lincoln, a master orator and story-teller, would be killed by an assassin’s bullet before his efforts to keep his country together could be realised. His goal, however, of winning through and binding his people together and saving a continent from decades of conflict, would ultimately prevail.

The issues which threatened the future of America 250 years ago were complex. Lincoln’s approach, to calm those who were heated and cajole those who were recalcitrant, was contrary but ultimately brilliantly simple. He sought to find common ground with his rivals while showing a willingness to forgive those who erred and strayed. This openness and acceptance of the natural variances of human nature arguably ensured the survival of the United States.

Other leaders have taken their countries through what have been described as their “darkest hours”. Winston Churchill was called upon to lead Great Britain through the Second World War. His indefatigable robustness gave the British people hope and inspired in equal measure. An often forgotten – but arguably essential ingredient to the allies’ victory in the war (in which thousands of Kenyans fought and died) was Churchill’s loyal deputy, Clement Atlee.

The leader of a political party in his own right, he served as Churchill’s understudy on domestic issues, but also carried his Labour Party’s natural support with him behind Churchill when times were tough. Without Attlee’s consistent efforts, the coalition government, which led Britain to victory, may well have fallen; history could have been very different.

We have taken the decision to work together because, like Lincoln and his rivals, Churchill and Attlee, we believe it is in the best interests of our country. We wish to find common ground, not grounds for disagreement. Our desire is this: deliver stability and calm. If we can deliver stability and calm at next year’s crucial elections, followed by swift action in meeting our election pledges, we can be judged on our work in delivering what every Kenyan needs: Better healthcare, education and infrastructure rather than leadership out of the ashes of a terrible conflict.

We are not claiming to be political heavyweights of the magnitude of Abraham Lincoln or men of destiny as Winston Churchill frequently claimed to be. But we do believe that history will prove us right for what we are doing. We believe that Kenya has reached a tipping point. The future of Kenya needs careful handling of our people, issues and events in a way that brings all together, not divides them.

We are sure our agreement will find the right path for a stable future for all Kenyans. United we stand; together we will move Kenya forward. The alternative is too unthinkable to consider. That is why our rallies in all parts of Kenya attract so many thousands coming together in recognition of the need for a new approach before it is too late.

In 2002 and 2007, the elections were all about political leaders cobbling together allegiances for the sake of party preservation and the maintenance of power. This time, the General Election on March 4 is a poll with a difference. It will be the culmination of the lessons that Kenyans have learnt since the restoration of political pluralism 20 years ago.

The politics of unity and peace has to prevail; the practitioners of the politics of disunity and violence are in the shadows but the bright light of hope people hold for the future must drive them away.

We have always been transparent in our dealings and open in our beliefs as to what is best for Kenya. This is why we are fighting together with new ideas for better healthcare provision, high educational standards, fighting corruption and boosting State institutions. Above all, we put national cohesion and security at the heart of what we are trying to achieve.

If we are successful, Kenya can enjoy a new prosperity. If we fail, history will not be kind to us as those who wish to see division and hardship will not be kind to their neighbours.

Our record in the short time we have been in government is in the public domain. At the ministries of Finance, Agriculture and Higher Education, we left imprints that show what we are capable of. We introduced the Economic Stimulus Package and devolved funds to every constituency. Through it, model schools, fresh produce markets, health centres and others were built.

To ensure efficiency in government, we ensured the implementation of the Integrated Finance Management Information system (IFMIS). Through the system, every transaction is recorded.

Fertiliser and seed prices were subsidised, irrigation along the Tana produced a bumper harvest not seen in Kenya before. Great plans for higher education were laid.

We go to the people of Kenya with the promise of economic transformation, national unity, reconciliation and equity. They have heard us. They trust us. We have no doubt that they will give us the honour to make Kenya great.

(Mr Kenyatta is the Jubilee presidential candidate and Mr Ruto his running mate)

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  • willise

    yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee.dying horses .go introduce such ideas to the hague .im sure there you will succeed.go babies go.

    • cheidee

      4th of march 2013 is 6 weeks away, let the people decide…NUMBERS DO NOT LIE… We are with you.

      • willise

        u mean numbers generated from evil dark forces haunting or the computer error numbers?dream baby dream.

        • willise

          u must be a man united fan from kiambu.typically arrogant n selfish.

  • Criminal suspects CANT BE GREAT LEADERS in whichever way you look at it! Furthermore, democracy neither recognizes criminal suspects as leaders nor holds them in its ranks!!!!

  • PatrioticKenyan

    Indeed great men have been picked from prison where they had been condemned by trannies. Such men include Nelson Mandela, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta to mention but a few. Its no wonder that great men that even God picked like Joseph who become a PM is Egypt or Moses who lead the Israelites from slavery were fugitives. Lets wait for March 4th for the voters decision.

  • Kwe

    If God has forsaken Kenya then UhuRuto will win. People with blood in their hands cannot be good leaders even if they command a large constituency. Just because you killed for the sake of your community and your community has numbers does not mean you are a good leader. But God will not allow these blood hounds to be our leaders. The whole world knows why you are facing criminal charges

  • This was a scandal in Kenya that became public in January 2009, over the sale of imported maize.
    In late 2008, the ban on importation of maize was lifted by the
    government to allow capable businessmen to import maize to supplement
    the local produce that was short of the minimum required to satisfy the
    local market.

    In early 2009 after parliamentary debate on a maize scandal, William Ruto was accused of illegally selling maize by Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale
    (Public Accounts Committee Chairman). All the documents bearing the
    National Cereals and Produce Board seal that linked Mr Ruto to the
    illegal sale of maize were accepted by Parliament’s deputy speaker.[1]

    The scandal alleges that the following events might have taken place:

    Briefcase millers,
    existing only on paper, some of whom were defunct at the time when the
    scandal unfolded, were awarded large quantities of maize by the
    Strategic Grain Reserve. They accomplished this by inflating their
    milling per-hour capacity and having 4 Permanent Secretaries approve
    them.

    The briefcase millers and local businesses that were either awarded quotas by the SGR or awarded import permits by the NCPBK (National Cereals Produce Board of Kenya respectively might have also re-directed the bags of maize outside the country in order to avoid price controls stated by the government and thus make bigger profits.[2]

    Some of the maize imported in 2009 by local businesses was certified
    unfit for human consumption and might have been released into the
    market after directions of senior government officials.

  • he KPC Ngong Forest Land Scandal was a scandal that resulted in the suspension in October 2012 of Kenyan Government Minister William Ruto who was charged in court as a result.

    Mr Ruto and four other persons faced fraud charges over the alleged sale of a piece of land in Ngong forest to Kenya Pipeline Company
    (KPC) for Sh272 million. The minister allegedly received Sh96 million
    at various intervals during the alleged transaction. In the case, Mr.
    Ruto and Berke Commercial Agencies, a company associated with him, Mr Joshua Kulei, a former aide of retired president Daniel Moi, Mr Sammy Mwaita (the Member of Parliament for Baringo Central Constituency) and two other firms were sued for allegedly obtaining money from KPC between August 6 and September 6, 2001. [1]
    In April 2011, Mr. Ruto was acquitted of the Sh43 million land fraud
    charges for lack of evidence after the prosecution failed to produce in
    court the then Finance Manager Hellen Njue to give her evidence on how
    she paid out the money. His co-accused, Mr Joshua Kulei and Mr Sammy
    Mwaita, were also set free. [

  • By Sunday Nation reporters [email protected]
    Posted
    Saturday, April 16
    2011 at
    22:00
    In Summary
    Suspended minister appointed Hellen Njue to the
    board of the Coffee Development Fund in 2009 when he was in charge of
    the Agriculture docket and facing charges of fraudulently receiving Sh96
    million from Kenya PipelineHellen Njue, a CoDF trustee, was finance manager at Kenya Pipeline Company when Sh272 million was paid out for plots in Ngong For

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    Suspended Higher Education minister William Ruto gave a parastatal job to a potential key witness in a fraud case against him.

    Mr Ruto appointed Hellen Chege Njue to the board
    of trustees of the Coffee Development Fund in July 2009. The Eldoret
    North MP then was the minister for Agriculture under which the
    parastatal falls.sage…

    • PatrioticKenyan

      All the leading contenders of the presidency and their running mate have questionable past, whether your are talking about the the aborted coup that lead to death of dozens of people, rooting and destruction of property or the Molasses plant acquired illegally during the short lived NDP KANU merger.

      Our Good VP, as a lawyer his deals were not always above board. He was along with his law firm partner accused of an ‘appalling fraud’ by Justice Shield in a case they had irregularly transferred a parcel of land. In fact, he was committed to civil jail only to be saved by Lawyer Mutula Kilonzo.

      Therefore, as voters our task is not to look for the saint, because there none in the current crop of leader but rather the best candidates who can transform this country for the future generation.

  • PatrioticKenyan

    FACTS: Mollasses as Captured by Ndung’u Land Report
    by Dennis Itumbi on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 1:42pm ·
    Conclusion

    The Direct allocation of alienated government land to Spectre International by the Commissioner of Lands was Illegal.

    Background

    The Kenya Food and Chemical Corporation Ltd. commonly known as Molasses was an energy saving project conceived by government in the 1970’s. The Intention was to manufacture gasohol from sugarcane molasses produced by sugar factories in Nyanza and Western provinces.

    The land for the project was acquired compulsorily by government at Shs. 4m.

    Though Hundreds of Millions in Shillings was spent, the project sank in the 80’s and the company was put under recievership.

    Kenya Food and Chemical Corporation ltd. was offered the land by letter of allotment, but it was never formally accepted or paid for, No title was issued.

    In 2001, the Commissioner of Lands S.K.Mwaita allocated Spectre International the land for a (partly) Shillings 3.7m, an equivalent of Shs. 33k per hectare.

    The Molasses Plant stands on a 112 Hectare piece of land.

    WHAT LAND WAS ALLOCATED FOR MOLASSES

    1. L.R. No 26453, area 26.10ha, user, Horticultural

    2. L.R. No 26454, area 39.00ha, user, Industrial

    3. L.R. No 26455, area 13.40ha, user, Residential

    4. L.R. No 26456, area 13.40ha, user, Residential

    5. L.R. No 26457, area 3.50ha, user, Recreational

    6. L.R. No 26458, area 2.20ha, user,health Clinic

    7. L.R. no 26459, area 6.50ha, user, Educational

    There you have it; It basically means;

    1. Molasses was illegally acquired in 2001 at a time when NDP and Kanu had come together.

    2. Molasses took up a Recreation Park

    3. Molasses took up a land secured for a school /Educational facility

    4. Molasses took up land meant for a Clinic

    • Kanu was the mama and baba then! President had overwhelming powers to give out land, even freely! And very few, if at all, of those decisions were challenged. They were executive orders anyway!!!

  • SalumG

    These Jubilee Presidential aspirants have questionable integrity, none can trust them even if there are going to shout everywhere around the country. They need to clear their names first, Kenya today needs a nationalist to lead the nation not someone with questionable integrity like those in Jubilee

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