KAPSABET, Kenya, Jul 28 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have said Kenyans will go to polls in August 8 despite threats by the Opposition to boycott the elections.
They said NASA leaders had sensed defeat and were now inventing all manner of reasons to discredit the elections.
President Kenyatta, at the same time, said the mandate and duty of the military is well known and respected by the Executive.
Unlike other leaders who had misused the military before, President Kenyatta said the Jubilee leaders understood and respected the role of the army.
He said it is a common knowledge to Kenyans, which leaders have attempted to use the military to cause a coup in the past.
“We have no experience of planning coups. Kenyans know the master of coups; those who have used the army before to try to get power. We respect our military and its mandate is well known,” said President Kenyatta.
Ruto said Kenyans were well aware of the tricks the Opposition was trying to employ to discredit the elections then cause chaos in an attempt to push for a coalition government.
The leaders told Opposition leader Raila Odinga who has threatened to boycott the August General Election that Kenyans will elect Jubilee because of its development track record, which speaks for itself across the country.
Addressing a public rally in Kapsabet Showground in Nandi County, the leaders said going to elections is Kenyans democratic right and the Opposition cannot stop it.
President Kenyatta said Odinga and his team are not interested in the August elections but their aim was to cause chaos and join the government through the backdoor.
“We cannot allow the good name of our military whose image is well known all over the world to be tarnished because of politics. This is why we say to Mr Odinga, shame on you,” said Kenyatta.
He wondered why someone who claims to have experience of politics was engaging in smear campaigns to discredit the work of the military.
“Our security officers are the ones who are protecting our borders and even giving you security and then someone wants to drag them into his dirty politics. I say once again Mr Odinga: shame on you,” added President Kenyatta.
Ruto said those who were not ready to go to polls would not stop the rest of Kenyans from taking part in their democratic right.
“Our friends have become professional complainers, and masters of blame game and deceit. They want to blame everything on everybody,” added Ruto.
Enumerating their development achievements, the leaders told the Opposition to sell their agenda to Kenyans instead of criticizing Jubilee development projects.
President Kenyatta said the prices of fertilizers were too high during the grand coalition government and wondered why the former Prime Minister was misleading farmers in the region that he would reduce the price if elected.
“When Mr Odinga was the country’s Prime Minister, the prices of 90kgs of fertilizer were sold at Sh6,000. But Jubilee has reduced to Sh1,800. Mr Odinga should stop fooling Kenyans,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State said those in Opposition served in previous governments for more than 100 years and have nothing to show in terms of development.
“Mr Odinga, for example was Roads and Energy minister. Have you seen any road tarmacked or households connected to electricity during his reign in Nandi County?” asked President Kenyatta amid shouts of nothing, nothing from the crowd.
He said Jubilee was focused on unity of Kenyans and the improvement of their lives through initiation of projects that have direct impact on their lives.
MPs Stephen Sang (Nandi), Julius Melly (Tinderet), Cornelly Serem (Aldai) and Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) said residents in the area were firmly in Jubilee ahead f the August elections.
“In 2013, residents in Nandi voted for Jubilee 85 percent but this time round we will vote for Jubilee 95 percent and above,” said Sang.