The Star (Nairobi)

28 January 2013

Kenya: Uhuru, Ruto Play Age Card to Appeal to Voters

Jubilee presidential hopeful Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday told voters in Malindi to elect him because he is youthful. Uhuru described himself and his running mate William Ruto as "young leaders who will introduce political and economic reforms".

He asked the electorate not to vote for Cord alliance leaders Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka because they are "aging leaders".

He said the two should retire with President Kibaki as they are old. Speaking in Watamu in Malindi at the weekend, Uhuru said Raila and Kalonzo have nothing to offer Kenyans having stayed too long in politics and government.

"Ruto and I have been in government for a total of eight years, but Kalonzo has served for 30 years, while Raila has been in politics for more than 20 years," said Uhuru.

"I always wonder why they blame us for the ills affecting our country and yet we have never been given a chance to lead."

Similar sentiments were expressed by Ruto when he addressed a separate rally at Malindi's Alaskan grounds. Ruto accused Raila and Kalonzo of not keeping promises they made to Kenyans. He said a Jubilee government will address historical injustices and improve the economy.

Ruto promised to reclaim the 1.5 million acres of Agricultural Development Corporation lands that were illegally allocated to individuals. He said Jubilee will ad- dress issues relating to discrimination saying this is outlawed by the Constitution.

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