The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Uhuru, Ruto Avoid Debate Over Sanctions By U.S., Britain

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European Union flag: The union has denied issuing sanction threats to Kenya over Jubilee presidential candidates

Jubilee presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto avoided debate over possible sanctions by the US and Britain if they win the elections as they campaigned in the Rift Valley region on Friday.

Uhuru and Ruto dwelt on their promises in their Jubilee manifesto urging voters to back their bid because they are the best placed to transform the country.

US top envoy to Africa Johnny Carson said there will be 'consequences' if Kenyans elect the two leaders who are facing international crimes charges at The Hague.

Uhuru and Ruto exuded confidence that they will the March 4 election and form the government. "We are focused on winning the elections and giving Kenyans a government that will deal with real issues affecting them," said Uhuru during the rallies held at Kapsowar and Iten in Keiyo.

They took issue with their Cord coalition competitors for engaging in mudslinging and empty rhetoric. "Let them tell Kenyans what they plan to do for this country instead making Jubilee their topic wherever they go," said Ruto.

Uhuru said it is unfair for the Cord leaders to target him and outgoing Eldoret North MP with insults instead of selling their policies. The leaders accused Cord of dwelling on divisive politics as they vowed to address the economic and security challenges among others which the country has been facing.

At Kapsowar, Iten townships during their campaign to rally support for the Jubillee coalition in the next polls, Uhuru asked the local community to vote for Jubilee aspirants during the polls so that the coalition wins with a strong team.

Present also were the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Samuel Poghisio , immediate former Mps Aden Duale, ( Dujis ) Linah Jebii Kilimo ( Marakwet East ) Boaz Kaino ( Marakwet West ) and a host of aspirants for the seats of senators, governors Mps and county wards representatives drawn from North Rift.

Ruto said old generation leaders should step aside from leadership and let the young general take over. Ruto asked the National Vision Party leader Nicholas Biwott who is seeking the county senate seat in the region to retire from active politics because younger leaders in the region were ready to take over.

He campaigned for former Moi university law don Kipchumba Murkomen, the URP torch bearer for the senate seat in the area among other aspirants.

"Murkomen is young and energetic and he is also equal to the task a head.Biwott should leave the seat for him," said Ruto. He said there was no doubt about Jubilee's victory on March 4th and challenged their rivals to be ready for defeat.

"We are the coalition to form the next government and therefore do not be swayed by voting for small parties that have no direction," stated Ruto.

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