23 February 2013

Kenya: Let's Win in First Round, Uhuru Rallies Supporters

Nairobi — Jubilee Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto on Saturday took their campaigns to Kajiado and Narok counties exuding confidence that they will win the election scheduled for March 4.

Kenyatta told rallies in Loitoktok, Kajiado south that the election had to be won in the first round, arguing that a second round would result in low voter turn out.

He said: "I am confident that we will win this election in the name of God and the people of Kenya and there will be no round two."

Kenyatta took a swipe at his rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga telling him to stop 'cheap propaganda', on claims of election rigging and that the Jubilee team was using provincial administration to campaign.

"Now that Raila has said he won't retire, we ask the people of Kenya to retire him on March 4, and with him the empty rhetoric and divisiveness that have characterised his political career," Kenyatta said.

He pointed out that the Jubilee coalition had workable plans for tackling youth unemployment, poverty and other challenges that face Kenya.

Internal Security Minister Katoo Ole Metito who was also part of the Jubilee entourage assured that there will be enough security for the election.

He said that intelligence on potential violence hotspots had been gathered and that police officers had been deployed to the regions.

"The officers will man not just polling stations, but also streams. Hotspots have been identified and senior officers with intelligence information have been deployed," he said adding that they are also monitoring those engaging in hate speech.

Foreign affairs assistant minister Moses Ole Sakuda maintained that the Jubilee coalition will emerge victorious as it had already set the pace in the September 2012 by-elections.

"The by-election was the semi-final and TNA won. It will be the same in the general election," he said.

On Sunday Kenyatta takes his vote hunt to Nyeri, Kirinyaga and Murang'a Counties.

Elsewhere, Eagle alliance flag bearer Peter Kenneth took his presidential campaigns to Garissa County urging residents to vote for him as he will provide real change.

Kenneth said that rivals in other coalitions had been in previous governments and could not be trusted with providing change.

Kenneth who addressed a rally in Garissa town continued to sell his policies of better health care, education infrastructure, water and security.

"If we want change we must forget about these people who have been part of the system for all the years when we have not seen anything from them," he urged.

Kenneth said that Garissa had the potential of being self sufficient if the Tana River was fully utilized to improve agricultural produce in the region.

Kenneth dismissed Friday's opinion poll insisting that it did not reflect the true sentiments of the Kenyan people who m he said will prove pollsters wrong on Election Day.

"Pollsters seek views of 2000 people and only show their candidate not everybody. The real pollster is the voter, his vote is the opinion that counts," he insisted.

He asserted that he was ready for Monday's second presidential candidates saying that Kenyans use it to clearly evaluate the abilities of their leaders.

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