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President Kenyatta tasks Jubilee aspirants to lead voter registration

The Jubilee party had called the meeting to discuss voter registration, party nominations and to also launch the party membership smart card. Photo/PSCU.

NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 14 – More than 6,000 Jubilee aspirants in this year’s General Election have been tasked to lead the voter registration drive which starts on Mombasa.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who addressed the leaders at the Kasarani Stadium on Friday urged them to ensure that all their supporters are registered in the month-long exercise set to start on Monday.

The Jubilee party had called the meeting to discuss voter registration, party nominations and to also launch the party membership smart card.

The President pledged to reward those who register the highest number of voters from ward to the county level.

“After the one-month voter registration, we will meet here and give awards for the ward, constituency and county that will register the highest number of voters,” said the President.

He also assured Jubilee aspirants of free, fair and transparent nominations, saying only party members would determine the leaders.

“It is unity that shall make us win. What would you benefit if you fight and in the end the party loses? If you lose the nomination, support the winner because there are many opportunities for all of us in government,” said the President.

He dismissed the Opposition as a propaganda outfit that has no alternative policies or agenda to develop the country.

“Some of these leaders have been in government for 20 to 30 years yet they have nothing to show Kenyans for the time they have been in positions of authority,’’ President Kenyatta said.

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He described the Opposition meeting earlier this week as an ‘’assembly of insults’’, which only discussed personalities and was of no purpose to Kenyans.

His Deputy William Ruto too said the opposition unity under the National Super Alliance “has no agenda for Kenyans other than discrediting the Jubilee administration to gain popularity.”

The President explained what his trip to India achieved. The government of India, he pointed out, agreed to set up a market in Nairobi for crops that will then be sold in the Asian country.

He also explained that the Indian Government has agreed to work with Kenya to build a cancer hospital in Nairobi. This will be a relief to many Kenyans who, for a long time, have sought treatment in the Asian country.

The President outlined the achievements of the Government, saying a lot of work had been accomplished in the last three and a half years Jubilee has been in office. Health, infrastructure and education were some of the sectors the President said had been transformed.

“In 2013, the country had 34 dialysis machines; now they are 174. There were 37 ICU beds, now they are 60,” the President said.

He also said only 600,000 mothers delivered in public hospitals, while now more than 1.2 million get the services as a result of the government’s free maternity programme.

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