President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday wrapped his two-month re-election campaign with a meet-the-people tour of Nairobi where he urged Kenyans to turn out in large numbers to vote in the October 26 fresh poll. He also assured adequate security before, on and after the voting day.
“We are warning any one who will be tempted to block Kenyans from exercising their democratic right to vote will be dealt with according to the law,” he said.
Earlier, the Head of State met IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati at Harambee House and discussed Thursday’s election. President Uhuru said he is ready for the poll and has no demands on IEBC, other than that the electoral body meets its obligation of carrying out the exercise as ordered by the Supreme Court.
“We made it clear that we have no demands or conditions on this subject. We have made funds available for the IEBC to do its job. Now they really should deliver,” he said. The Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential poll on September 1, citing irregularities and illegalities.
President Uhuru has been campaigning vigorously around the country since even as his main challenger and poll petitioner Raila Odinga pulled out of the race citing unmet demands by the electoral agency.
In his Nairobi tour, Uhuru accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, said Kenyans are tired of the prolonged electioneering and want to get back to their nation building activities.
“We need to do away with elections so that we can continue with our development activities,” he said. Other leaders who accompanied the President included Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, senator Johnson Sakaja and a host of Members of Parliament.
President Kenyatta said every vote cast on October 26 will be an endorsement on development and an end to the retrogressive politics propagated by the opposition who have no intention of lifting the lives of Kenyans. “Allow Kenyans to vote peacefully. Those who want to vote should be allowed to exercise their rights the same way as those who do not want to vote,” he said.
The President asked Kenyans to embrace peace and shun tribalism, saying they should not accept to be incited to fight by politicians who are only out to satisfy their personal interests. “We should always cherish the peace and stability we are enjoying, let us not allow individuals to divide us because of their selfish interests,” he said.
The President and his deputy’s final campaign lap ahead of the fresh presidential poll on Thursday started at City Hall in Nairobi with more than nine stops including South-B, Embakasi, Kayole and Umoja estates to mobilise voters.
At City Hall, President Uhuru flagged off 27 fire-fighting trucks which will be deployed to all wards within the city county. “Even as we wait to vote on October 26, we have already begun working to improve the lives of Nairobi residents and Kenyans at large.
This could have happened earlier but those who were at the helm of the city county leadership previously were not willing to work,” he said. Deputy President Ruto told Kenyans to exercise their democratic right without fear on Thursday to guarantee Jubilee a clear victory.
“Kenya has a date with destiny on Thursday and Kenyans want to vote and close that chapter to continue with their development agenda,” he said. “We are telling you it is your right to vote. We want to vote so that our country can move on,” he added. He told the opposition to stop using IEBC as a scapegoat and prepare to accept the will of the people.