18 February 2013

Kenya: Kenneth Vows to Whip Rivals in Second Debate

Eagle Alliance presidential candidate Peter Kenneth has promised a bruising debate to his rivals in next week's television debate where land and economy will take centre stage.

Speaking at Mombasa's Tononoka grounds where he addressed a rally, Kenneth said his track record as Gatanga MP will convince Kenyans to give him chance to become president.

He said he has not grabbed any land compared with his key rivals who he claimed had been mentioned in major land scandals.

"I have never grabbed anyone's land. My development track record speaks volumes. I want to tell Kenyans that in the next debate. I will teach them a lesson," said Kenneth.

He said he is the best candidate to tackle problems facing Kenyans and claimed his main rivals lack the zeal to do so.

On Friday, he called for the implementation of the National Land Policy. Addressing a rally in Kilifi, he said the larger part of the policy has not been enforced because it would affect many senior officers in government.

"The National Land Policy is important in the administration of land and should be implemented immediately. Land has been the cause of perennial violence in many areas," he said.

"The people who are in charge of implementing the policy are key suspects in land fraud. I will ensure the policy is fully implemented if elected so that every Kenyan can own land," he said.

The next presidential debate is set for February 25 and will feature all the eight candidates who will be taken to task over teething problems of land and how best to address problems related to economic growth.

Uhuru has been accused by Cord rivals as a major contributor to land problems but immediately denied the allegation. Kenneth promised to address water problems, expand infrastructure, healthcare and reform the education sector.

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