, MANDERA, Kenya May 21 – Jubilee leaders have welcomed all parties and individuals who have pledged their support for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election but told them to stop issuing conditions.
Led by Deputy President William, they said it was important for Jubilee Party supporters to work in harmony with anyone who backs President Kenyatta’s bid for a second term.
“We welcome all those who are supporting President Kenyatta’s re-election… parties and individuals alike but let us put the agenda of Kenyans first and not personal interests,” he said.
Ruto said the August election was about the agenda and policies that will benefit Kenyans not individualistic interests.
Ruto asked leaders including the independent candidates to work together and avoid politics that can create hatred and animosity among Kenyans.
He said the interest of common citizen should come first but not personal interests.
“The aim of Jubilee is not who gets what position but it is on service delivery to the people,” said Ruto.
“As leaders we should not be obsessed with the positions but a the transformation of the lives of our people. That’s the dream of the Jubilee team,” added the Deputy President.
The leaders were National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Mandera Governor Ali Roba, MPs Mahhamud Mohammed (Mandera West), Abdul-Aziz Farah (Mandera East), Mohammed Noor (Mandera North), Alice Ng’ang’a (Thika Town), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Joyce Lay (Woman Rep, Taita Taveta and former CIC Chairman Charles Nyachae.
They told off their Opposition counterparts over threats to boycott the August General Election saying they will not stop Kenyans from voting as stipulated in the Constitution.
The leaders said the National Super Alliance (NASA) has sensed defeat and that’s why it has resorted to threats and intimidation.
Addressing a rally in Mandera town attended by Ruto, the leaders dared the Opposition to boycott the polls, but should know that Kenyans will vote in August 8 as stipulated in the Constitution.
“Whether the Opposition likes or not, Kenyans will vote in August 8,” said Duale.
The leaders told their Opposition counterparts that they had an option of waiting up to 2022 if they were not ready for this year’s General Election.
Duale said the NASA team was no longer sincere in its demands for changes in the electoral body because it has realized that they have lost support from Kenyans.
Duale said the Opposition should stop unnecessary complications on matters pertaining to IEBC.
He termed their conditions to the government on IEBC reforms including being involved in employment of returning officers as reckless.
“Opposition leaders should stop reckless talks over the ongoing reforms at the IEBC because they are not ready for the August elections,” said Duale.
The Deputy President said Jubilee was committed to uniting all the Kenya’s different ethnic communities through the formation of the new Jubilee Party that has accommodated political parties from across the country.
“Jubilee believes in politics of empowerment and jobs creation while our colleagues in the Opposition believe in the politics of power sharing, negative ethnicity and propaganda,” said the Deputy President.
He asked Mandera leaders to put aside their political differences and work together to ensure 100 percent win for Jubilee.
Ruto also said the government will review the curfew in Mandera County during the Holy month of Ramadhan.
The curfew was imposed following a spate of killings by Al Shabaab militia.
The MPs also asked independent candidates to support President Kenyatta without conditions.
Waititu said they were free to join hands with Jubilee in ensuring the win for the party.
Ng’ang’a said the Opposition had sensed defeat that’s why it has resorted to threats and intimidation to independent institutions like IEBC and Judiciary.