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Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 17:53 EAT
President Uhuru Kenyatta today commenced an intense 12-day campaign blitz across the country that will culminate in the last campaign events in the capital Nairobi on August 6 – 48 hours before the August 8 elections.
This is the second round of an all counties campaign where the President will take his message to Kenyans after he completed a 14-counties blitz covered in seven days in which he put his call for unity and peace at the heart of his campaign agenda.
“These meet-the-people visits will see the President traverse 30 counties, making stops at more than 200 campaign stops”, State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said in a statement to newsrooms.
Meanwhile, Deputy President, William Ruto, will be visiting dozens of counties as well, making another 200 campaign stops, according to Esipisu.
“The President is going directly to the people to demonstrate what the August election is about – himself as someone who is fighting to deliver benefits, success and prosperity to the people versus an opposition challenger who is only after power for himself”, said the statement just hours after President Kenyatta skipped a live broadcast debate with his main challenger, NASA’s Raila Odinga.
Among the Counties the President is touring are Nyeri, Murang’a, Marsabit, Samburu, Bungoma, Kakamega, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Embu, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nairobi, Bomet, Kericho, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kisii, Nyamira, Nandi, Garissa, Migori and Uasin Gishu,
During the campaign tours, the President will also sit down with Kenyans at business premises, farms, markets and other places where he will engage with them directly, accounting for his last four-and-a-half years in office as he also discusses how he plans to transform the country and the lives of Kenyans.
The President has already spoken on his Action plan to strengthen partnerships in the region and the continent.
The President, according to State House Spokesman is looking forward to engaging with Kenyans from all spheres of life directly where he will speak about his Action Plan to create more than 6.5 million jobs in the next five years, offer free secondary school education, continue with his plan to offer free post-natal medical services to women who give birth and expanding the Inua Jamii programme that has ensured that our senior citizens live a dignified life.
Mr Esipisu said in the last four years, Kenyans have seen that President Kenyatta is a worker who is able to effectively carry out a plan. He has a credible Action Plan to improve the day-to-day lives for all Kenyans because he has successfully laid the foundation for it by investing heavily in roads, infrastructure, education, healthcare and in improving security to keep Kenyans safe.
“The President will make the firm plea that he has laid the foundation, now he requires the second term to complete the job. The President, who has also already given interviews to 14 radio stations, is due to speak to at least 40 more, directly reaching Kenyans on his Action Plan for Kenya’s future. He will also engage with Kenya’s youth through platforms they are familiar with” said the State House spokesman.
Meanwhile while touring Nyeri and Murang’a counties to drum up support for the Jubilee Party today, the President said the achievements of the government over the last four years are commendable and are the result of the harmony that has existed within his Administration.
“Over the last four years we have had a Government that has been united and had no infighting. This has enabled us to lay down the foundation for progress. We have increased access to electricity and built roads,” said the President.
The President is campaigning on the platform of his action plan to deliver prosperity for all Kenyans. The action plan aims to deliver more jobs, lower prices and maintain peace and security for all Kenyans. The Head of State said the previous government of President Mwai Kibaki, was in contrast, characterized by infighting.
“President Kibaki’s Government would have implemented many projects but it was derailed by the current opposition leader,” said the President.
The Head of State, who addressed supporters in Mukurweini in Mukurweini Constituency and Kiandu in Tetu Constituency, called on the residents to remain peaceful and ignore opposition attempts to create ethnic tensions.
The President is scheduled to address more rallies within Nyeri County before proceeding to Muranga County for another meet-the-people tour. The President was accompanied by local leaders.
Within the next two weeks, the President is expected to visit at least 30 counties, most of them for the second time since the beginning of June.