July 24th 2017

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How Uhuru saved himself from heckling by resonant speech in Wajir

"When we Jubilee unite with your leaders here in Wajir, we urged you to accept to walk with us so that we form the next government together with you. We are asking this because our aim is to be in government in order to bring unity and development to the people," the president said.

By Abdirahman Rashid Farahabdirahmancajab@gmail.comSaturday, 08 Apr 2017 13:57 EAT

Uhuru Kenyatta at Wajir rally

President Uhuru Kenyatta today addressed a Jubilee Party campaign rally in Wajir Town where other speakers including the deputy president William Ruto were disrupted by heckling from the crowds chanting opposition slogans. The president, however, delivered his message without disruption, telling Wajir residents about the Jubilee government's plans to develop the region.

"When we Jubilee unite with your leaders here in Wajir, we urged you to accept to walk with us so that we form the next government together with you. We are asking this because our aim is to be in government in order to bring unity and development to the people," the president said.

He was welcomed to speak by Mr Ruto shortly after the DP had experienced trouble addressing the audience. Mr Ruto's speech appealed to youths to give the Jubilee government time to deliver on its election pledges, citing developments in road, water and employment creation.

President Uhuru's approach, however, was starkly different. He addressed Jubilee's projects only in passing but appealed to the people to give all leaders time to preach their message. "I believe you have seen what the Jubilee government has done in its short time," he said, adding, "I want to assure you that the plans we have specifically for water for Wajir, which we will implement, will change the lives of Wajir people".

Recognizing differences among local leaders about political parties, the president conceded to the request of gubernatorial aspirant Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, who is running on PDR party, to have the party fully recognised as a Jubilee partner. Mr Hassan who was accompanied by his running mate Abdihafid Abdullahi had declared support for the president but maintained that he would run on PDR.

Uhuru said the government had given out a tender to build water supply to Wajir Town and the Wajir government would contribute Sh9 billion on the project. "As we speak now we have given out tender to build Bute Dam which will cost the government Sh23billion and the dam will ensure the distribution of water for irrigation and by so doing this will elimenate drought, famine and death of animals caused by drought," the president said.

He also spoke to the challenges the youths faced, promising that the National Youth service would recruit 1,000 youths from the region, who would earn Sh53 million in salaries over six months.

He said that in addition to the youths being in this employment project, the project would create jobs for Wajir women as well, including those who would be supplying food to the workers.

Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County





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