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Uhuru chides Weta, Kalonzo senate bids

Yusuf Masibo, Winstone Chiseremi and PSCU @PeopleDailyKe

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday criticised Opposition leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula, saying their senatorial bids were veiled admission of their impending defeat in the August election.

Senator Wetang’ula is defending his Bungoma seat. The President also said he understood that the Wiper party was putting up the name of Kalonzo for senatorial nomination.

“They know they are losing. Some know they have been offered non-existent jobs. That’s why they are running for these seats,” President Uhuru told hundreds of Kamukuywa residents during a stop in his Bungoma county whirlwind tour.

He said Jubilee Party will win the coming elections while its opponents will remain in the Opposition, adding that he and Deputy President William Ruto won in the last General Election even when they faced International Criminal Court (ICC) cases when Raila Odinga and Kalonzo were Prime Minister and Vice President, respectively.

Transformation path

“Our opponents will remain where they are as loyal Opposition while Jubilee will continue to govern and transform the lives of Kenyans,” he said.  The President spoke yesterday as he pitched for his re-election in Bungoma when he made several stops to address residents after attending mass at St Teresa of Avilla Naitiri Catholic Parish. 

He cited the development his administration has implemented across the country ranging from installation of modern medical equipment in two top hospitals in every county, construction of roads, provision of free maternity and National  Hospital Insurance Fund(NHIF) medical cover for a year for mother and child upon delivery in public health facilities among a host of other initiatives as some of the reasons why Kenyans will vote for Jubilee.

The President also spoke against divisive politics and urged Kenyans to live together in peace, love and unity as the country inches closer to the August polls.

“This is the time that all Kenyans should unite and build the country. Village and tribal mentality will not take us anywhere. We have to join hands and work together to take the country to higher levels of development,” he said.

He later held a rally at the Bungoma Posta Grounds accompanied by Ruto and a host leaders from the Western region led by Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka.

Deputy President Ruto outlined the Jubilee administration’s development blueprint for Bungoma county, saying top on the list will be the tarmacking of the Brigadier – Naitiri road among other key projects.

The Head of State said the coming elections should not be used as an avenue to divide the country on ethnic, religious and political lines. “Peace, love and unity are the foundation of a strong nation. Without that, we cannot achieve our development goals,” he said.   

Earlier, Uhuru held a meeting with all candidates running on Jubilee Party ticket for elective positions in Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia counties.

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