30 January 2013

Kenya: Uhuru Cleared for March 4 Poll

Jubilee Alliance's flag bearer Uhuru Kenyatta has become the fifth candidate to be cleared to contest in the March 4 presidential race.

Kenyatta said his coalition will ensure a smooth and peaceful election and he will accept the decision of Kenyans.

The Jubilee candidate denied reports that he was using State resources in his campaigns.

"It is well known that the both myself and my running mate William Ruto have been out of office for sometime. If anybody is using State resources then you need to look at the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) arrangement," he told reporters after receiving his clearance certificate from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Kenyatta said he preferred the name Uhuru Kenyatta to appear on the ballot paper while his running mate said he prefers the name William Samoei Ruto as opposed to his full name William Kipchichir Samoei Ruto which appears on his national identity card.

Kenyatta and Ruto have now embarked on daylong tour of Zimmerman, Kahawa West and Githurai.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga who is running for the presidency for the third time was due to present his papers later on Wednesday. Thereafter he is expected to head to Uhuru Park with his running mate Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka for the official launch of their campaign.

Other presidential candidates who were also due to present their papers are Paul Muite of Safina and Mohammed Abduba Dida of the Alliance for Real Change.

On Tuesday, the IEBC cleared four other candidates; Martha Karua of NARC Kenya, Peter Kenneth of the Kenya National Congress, James ole Kiyiapi of the Restore and Build Kenya party and Musalia Mudavadi of the United Democratic Forum.

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