NAKURU, Kenya, Feb 11 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the youth to enlist as voters in large numbers, saying their vote will shape the country’s future.
President Kenyatta said young people – who constitute the largest percentage of the Kenyan population – have the ability to determine the quality of leaders the country will have if they register as voters and participate in the coming general election.
“But without a voter’s card you cannot participate in choosing the leaders you want during the August 8 General Election. Consequently, you will be used and dumped by politicians because you will not have the power to influence political decisions through the ballot,” President Kenyatta said.
The President was speaking on Saturday when he traversed Nakuru County, making stopovers at Ngata, Salgaa, Sachangwan, Kibunja, Mau Summit, Total Junction, Molo, Elburgon and Njoro among a host of other market centres to mobilise residents to enlist as voters before the close of the registration exercise.
He emphasized that the voter’s card is a key weapon that each citizen 18 years and above requires to determine their future.
“You do not register as a voter because you are forced to do so by a leader. You register because you want to safeguard your future,’’ the Head of State told the youth.
President Kenyatta also called on Kenyans to support Jubilee – the party that stands for peace, unity and progress – so that the country can continue on the path of growth and development.
Spreading the message of peace and unity, President Kenyatta urged Kenyans – especially the youth – to shun the outdated divisive politics of tribalism and hatred propagated by the Opposition.
“Lies, tribalism, hatred and divisive politics will not help the country achieve its development targets,” President Kenyatta said.
He particularly censured the Opposition for inciting neighbouring communities to block the construction of the multi-billion Itare dam, which will provide water to over 800,000 residents of Nakuru town, Kuresoi, Molo, Njoro and Rongai.
“Stop playing politics with projects that are implemented by the Government to transform the lives of Kenyans,” President Kenyatta told the Opposition.
The President assured that the Government’s focus on improving the lives of Kenyans through implementation development projects will not be derailed by noise from the Opposition.