KIAMBU, Kenya, Jan 27 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the suspension of Jubilee membership recruitment to give priority to voter registration ahead of August elections.
He said the recruitment of new members of the Jubilee Party will resume in earnest after the conclusion of the voter registration exercise.
“We have decided to take a break and go-slow on the recruitment of new members to allow our supporters time to register as voters first before the close of the IEBC conducted exercise next month,” President Kenyatta said.
He spoke at his home town of Gatundu – one of the more than a dozen stops he made in Kiambu County – as he wrapped up the first leg of his voter registration mobilisation campaign. In addition to Kiambu, the President has already visited Murang’a, Isiolo, Nyeri, Samburu, Laikipia, Garissa, Kitui, Kirinyaga, Embu, Marsabit and Tharaka Nithi in his bid to encourage eligible voters to register in time.
At every stop he made, the Head of State urged those who have not registered as voters to do so immediately to avoid the last minute rush.
He underscored the importance of enlisting as a voter, saying the move will give residents the power to decide the quality of leaders the country will have.
President Kenyatta especially asked young people to register as voters so that they can participate in choosing the leaders who will cater for their interests by ensuring prudent management of resources particularly at the county level.
“If you fail to register as a voter now you will not be able to participate in electing the leaders you want. This means that you will be stuck with bad leaders for five years,” said President Kenyatta.