, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – Jubilee coalition presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and running mate William Ruto on Friday campaigned in Elgeyo-Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties.
Speaking in Iten, Kenyatta expressed concern over combining polling streams in heavily populated areas which meant that 1,000 people will be on one stream instead of the previous 500.
He pointed out that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC must return to the original 500 per stream to ensure that that every Kenyan has an opportunity to vote and no one is frustrated.
“We do not want anybody to get tired on long streams so and that they give up on the voting. We need enough streams to ensure that the voting is quick,” Kenyatta told supporters in Iten.
Kenyatta pointed out that the March 4 election is the first with six ballots and a lot of care must be taken to ensure that the election is smooth.
He reiterated that counties must be the engines of growth and the biggest employers.
“These counties must be the centres of development; the days of travelling to Nairobi to look for jobs must come to an end,” Kenyatta said.
Ruto reiterated the coalition’s promise that they will lead liberation from hunger, poverty and unemployment.
“This being a jubilee year and a jubilee election it is only a jubilee generation that can deliver economic transformation to the people by improving agricultural practices,” Ruto said.
Ruto emphasised that the jubilee government will set up a fund equal to Constituency Development Fund (CDF) where money will be lent interest-free to unemployed youths.
“Jubilee is the only coalition that has been bold enough to put figures on what it promises,” he said adding that the coalition will set 40 percent of the budget for counties so that they become engines of transformation
The jubilee team which had in its entourage Cabinet minister Samuel Poghisio, assistant minister Jebii Kilimo, former MP Aden Duale proceeds to Kobujoi, Maraba and Kapsabet in Nandi then to Ziwa and Eldoret on Saturday.
Elsewhere, the Eagle alliance took its campaigns to Machakos County led by its presidential candidate Peter Kenneth accompanied by his running mate Ronnie Osumba.
Kenneth continued to urge Kenyans that this time round they should not be swayed away by a euphoric wave or opinion polls. Kenneth urged them to vote wisely rather than emotionally.
He said that Kenyans this time round should vote in someone who had their (Kenyans), best interests at heart.
Kenneth who is a first timer in the race for the presidency warned Kenyans against making the wrong choice of leadership as they would have to live with their pick for the next five years.
The immediate former Gatanga MP said that he was the best choice for Kenya’s presidency citing his constituency track record and his humble upbringing.