NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – The European Union (EU) has commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for his consistent commitment and assurance to a free, fair and peaceful election in August.
Led by European Union Ambassador to Kenya, Ambassador Stephano Dejak, the EU acknowledged Kenya’s level of preparedness and commitment for the August polls and pledged its full support to the process.
“We are greatly encouraged by the commitment you once more confirmed yesterday about peaceful, free, fair and credible election. Elections are, in my view, the most sacred moment of expression of sovereignty by the people of any country. For the case of Kenya, they are only for Kenyans and Kenyans only. As the EU, we will be always close by to give all the support we can, including with the imminent arrival of the Election Observation Mission,” Amb. Dejak said.
The EU delegation met President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, on Tuesday where they held a high-level political dialogue.
The EU envoys also lauded President Kenyatta’s effort to unite the 43 tribes of Kenya into one society, pointing out that unity was a key component to achieving the country’s development targets.
President Kenyatta reassured the EU and other development partners that Kenya is safe and will remain peaceful before, during and after the August polls.
The President thanked the EU for the support it has continued to extend to Kenya, saying it has boosted the country’s social, economic and political progress.
Amb. Dejak said EU member States have shown a growing interest in deepening their collective relations with Kenya, adding that member States that traditionally were not engaged with Kenya are now stepping up their activities.
The meeting also discussed governance where Kenya was praised for the strides it has made.
The EU envoys also commended Kenya for the role it has played in regional peace and security, especially in South Sudan and Somalia.
After the meeting with the EU delegation in Nairobi, President Kenyatta took a flight to Mombasa where he addressed Jubilee supporters at Changamwe upon his arrival.
President Kenyatta called on Kenyans to choose those who have good intentions over those who always engage in incitement.
The President said the upcoming polls will be decided on the basis of development track records.
He said the Government has expanded the roads in the port city at a cost of Sh80 billion. The roads include those completed as well as those under construction.
President Kenyatta said the Government will soon connect the port city to electricity from Olkaria geothermal power stations.
“We will shut down the thermal generators which have been making electricity so expensive,” said the President when he addressed the Jubilee supporters at Changamwe.
The President also took a swipe at the governor of Mombasa whom he said was wasting his time throwing tantrums instead of working for the people who voted for him.
He said the people of Mombasa should ask the governor to clean the town and remove garbage from the streets instead of insulting other leaders.
The President, who spoke near the Akamba Handicraft area of Changamwe, said the county government failed to support the self-help group, forcing the National Government to step in.