NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 7 – The decision by the Opposition to issue direct tickets to candidates without subjecting them to competitive nominations is evidence of how little they value democracy, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
The President said the Opposition was acting against the tenets of democracy, which require that voters are given real choices.
He said the decision by the Opposition to dish out nomination certificates over a cup of tea in a boardroom was a regressive act that is tarnishing Kenya’s democracy.
“They are issuing nominations like sweets and that is not what democracy is about,” said the President.
He challenged the Opposition to hold nominations to prove to Kenyans that they can walk it like they talk it.
Deputy President William Ruto said Kenyans will make informed decisions based on what leaders are capable of delivering and not based on tribe or religion.
He said the Jubilee Administration will be judged on its scorecard of development, a quality the leaders of the opposition lack.
“The die is cast and the contest is declared and Kenyans are ready to choose not on the basis of tribe or religion but on the basis of what leaders can deliver for them,” said the DP.
He said Kenyans need answers on where all the money the Jubilee Administration is using to fund the massive development projects in the country was going when the leaders in the Opposition today were in government.
The DP also criticized the Opposition for putting their interests before that of Kenyans by creating positions to accommodate all of them in government.
He said the selfish trait the Opposition were exhibiting are the same reasons that denied Kenyans development and denied the youth jobs in the post.
President Kenyatta issued his challenge to the Opposition to hold nominations when he commissioned multi-billion shilling projects in Narok County, the heartland of Maasai land.
Among the projects the President commissioned were the Narok Water Supply Project, which the National Government funded at a cost of Sh1.5 billion.
The Government has also funded the Narok Sewerage Project at a cost of Sh750 million. It is also funding the Augmentation of Suswa Water Supply at a cost of Sh70 million.
President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by Deputy President Ruto, also launched the upgrading of Narok – Sekenani Gate Road to bitumen standards at a cost of Sh2.2 billion.