September 21st 2017

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Ex-Tanzanian PM Lowasa, Burundian leader Nkurunzinza throw weight behind Uhuru

Asked why he supports Uhuru while he is an opposition leader, Lowasa said being in the political opposition "is just but a vehicle. I support Uhuru Kenyatta because of his foreign policy and the way he has striven to bring together the East African states to work together in a better way.

By Julius ChemiteiTuesday, 05 Sep 2017 20:09 EAT

Former Tanzanian prime minister Edward Ngayoi Lowasa has re-affirmed his support for Uhuru Kenyatta come October 17 presidential election. Speaking to Azam Two Television, Lowasa outlined that Uhuru has upheld the rule of law and democracy in his entire tenure,

‘I would wish to bring your focus to the massage by observer missions from Carter Center, EAC, COMESA and SADCC. They all praised the process but the law of the land must be respected. Because the Supreme Court saw otherwise, we go by it," said Lowasa.

Lowasa told his audience that the fact that the jubilee coalition garnered the majority in both houses the senate and gubernatorial position "tells it all; the elections went well."

Asked why he supports Uhuru while he is an opposition leader, Lowasa said being in the political opposition "is just but a vehicle. I support Uhuru Kenyatta because of his foreign policy and the way he has striven to bring together the East African states to work together in a better way.

"I admire Uhuru’s leadership that has steered the country from post election violence and ICC baggage to the very many developmental efforts that stand out in the region."

The former PM is determined to offer a hand in helping Uhuru marshall votes among the Kenyan Maasai, who are related to his own people in Tanzania. At the moment, the Maasai vote seems to be decisively in the favour of Raila Odinga. Two days ago, deputy president was heckled out of a campaign rally in Narok, the hotbed of Maasai politics.

Lowasa has become the first and the only leader from the region to openly throw his weight behind one side in the Kenyan duel, while other presidents are yet to declare their stand or have chosen silence in dealing with a tight race. 

However, speaking to the Kenya Free Press, the military attache to the Burundi Embassy Kenya Colonel Hermes Bokasa confirmed that his country's president Pierre Nkurunzinza was angered by the Supreme Court ruling but he is watching closely how Uhuru will perform come the new polls.

The writer, an experienced journalist, is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press





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