, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – Former Education Permanent Secretary James ole Kiyiapi was on Friday endorsed as the Restore and Build Kenya (RBK) presidential candidate.
Kiyiapi accepted the nomination by over 300 delegates from across the country during a Special National Delegates Conference (SNDC) at Ufungamano House in Nairobi.
The party’s chairman Samson Chemai read the motion during the meeting.
“I now put it to the NSDC the motion that Prof James Ole Kiyiapi, ID Number 23027788 having fulfilled all conditions set by the law and this party be nominated as the Restore and Build Kenya presidential candidate in the elections in 2013,” he stated.
“By acclamation, and I would like to make a roll call of areas, constituencies or counties whether you accept this motion.”
The motion was accepted by all the delegates with no one opposing it.
“It is with deep humility and gratitude and honour that I today James ole Kiyiapi accept the nomination as the presidential aspirant and candidate for RBK,” Kiyiapi declared.
He however did not name a running mate despite speculations that it would be a woman.
Kiyiapi said that his will be a presidency which is all inclusive and called on all Kenyans to support him.
He pointed out that if elected, his main focus will be youth unemployment where he will make every effort to create opportunities.
“Kenya will never by the same again. I believe in RBK because it has a philosophy. It has an ideology and it is a party of the people for the people and by the people. It is the party of democracy and will cater to Kenyans of all walks of life,” he said.
“It is the party of the rich and the poor. It will cater for the youth and strive to find ways of helping them get employment.”
He further stated that education will also feature in his agenda and will be free and compulsory for all children.
“When I gave national schools to children of the poor, one maid in Moi Girls High school went to the Principal the day I announced that all national schools will be shared and she said, ‘Madam principal, I am also very happy that this time round, our own children will also go to those schools,” he said.
“I will continue with this initiative to ensure that education is accessible to all children and that they are able to benefit fully from the free Primary and Secondary school education program.”
The party also launched what it terms as the “Operation Okoa Nchi” at the same event, which promised to alleviate people’s suffering by creating jobs.
Kiyiapi stated that the party symbolises a struggle to liberate the country from the shackles of impunity, mediocrity and corruption.
Kiyiapi is one of the few presidential aspirants that have resisted the move to form coalitions with other political parties ahead of the General Election two months away.
The former Education PS has dismissed some of the alliances as tribal and aimed at maintaining the status quo.