KIAMBU, Kenya Mar 4 – The Jubilee Party is ready for the August 8 elections, President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared.
He challenged the Opposition to put its house in order and meet Jubilee at the ballot instead of threatening the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“People should streamline their parties in readiness for the August elections and stop interfering with IEBC who are working to ensure free, fair and credible elections,” President Kenyatta said.
The President – who was accompanied by his Deputy William Ruto – made the announcement Saturday during a tour of Kiambu County where he made several stops to thank residents for coming out in large numbers to register as voters in readiness for the August polls.
The Deputy President on his part told the Opposition to settle on who their presidential candidate will be instead of quarrelling with IEBC.
He said Jubilee already has President Kenyatta as its candidate, well prepared manifesto and a development record which Kenyans can attest to.
“The difference between us and our competitors is like day and night. While Jubilee’s priority is development, our opponents’ priority is how they will share positions,” Ruto said.
He said the August polls will be contested on the basis of policies and what has been done to transform the lives of Kenyans, but not tribalism and divisive politics.
President Kenyatta said his Administration is focused on development and uniting all Kenyans for peace and progress.
Outlining his Administration’s achievements in development, President Kenyatta said 55 per cent of Kenyans have been connected to electricity in the last four years compared to only 30 per cent who had electricity before the Jubilee Government came to office in 2013.
“We ask you to give us a second term so that we can ensure 100 per cent of Kenyans are connected to electricity,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta also cited the modern Standard Gauge Rail from Mombasa to Nairobi which is almost complete and the more than 6000 kilometres of tarmacked roads that have been constructed across the country as some of the achievements of the Jubilee Government.
“In Kiambu county alone, we have used over Sh25 billion on roads, some of which are complete while other are at different stages of construction,” the President said.
In health, President Kenyatta said the provision of free maternity and the equipping of two hospitals in each of the 47 counties with modern equipment under the Managed Equipment Services has helped take services closer to Kenyans.
He said Jubilee has also entrenched devolution in the short time it has been in office.
The Head of State urged Kenyans to make a wise decision and give Jubilee a second term so that implementation of development projects across the country will continue.
“Our aim is to transform the lives of Kenyans. We are not interested in abusive and divisive politics. We have a program to take the country to higher levels in development and create jobs for our young people,” President Kenyatta said.
On nominations, President Kenyatta assured that Jubilee is a party that upholds democracy and all aspirants will be accorded equal chance during the primaries.
“The people will decide those who will fly the Jubilee ticket for the various elective positions. And I want to assure that we will work with whoever will be chosen at the nominations,” President Kenyatta said.
The President and his deputy were accompanied by a number of Jubilee leaders including National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, Senator Kimani Wamatangi, Senator Mike Sonko, Members of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu, Jude Jomo, Joseph Mburu Kahangara, Annah Nyokabi Gathecha, Njoroge Baiya, Alice Nganga and Eng. John Kiragu Chege among others.