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Saturday, 06 May 2017 21:06 EATnmuthoni@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta was endorsed as the Jubilee’s flagbearer today at the Bomas of Kenya National Delegates Conference. The president's nomination motion was moved by a nominated woman MP, Janet Taiya. She is currently running to become the Kajiado woman representative on the Jubilee Party ticket.
Ms Taiya's motion was seconded by Abdi Mohamed, a Jubilee MCA nominee from Isiolo and approved by the delegates, allowing President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to officially fly the Jubilee flag. Earlier, the president had been officially endorsed by former ruling party KANU at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
President Kenyatta and DP Ruto pledged to remain loyal to the constitution and the people of Kenya, saying they will maintain peace during campaigns and uphold integrity in public service. "I hereby declare that as a presidential candidate, I will conduct campaigns peacefully, avoid talks that inflame tribal rifts and ensure decisions are not influenced by nepotism for the sake of public interest," the President said.
In an address to party members, President Kenyatta spoke highly about the Jubilee government's achivements such as Early Childhood Development Centres, Huduma centres, infrastructrual growth and creation of employment for youths. The government also recognised some challenges yet to be met, and urged Kenyans to give it a second term.
During the last campaigning period before Jubilee came to power, the Jubilee coalition in their manifesto promised to make Kenya a double-digit economy, build five international stadiums, create million jobs, construct a 9,500 kilometer tarmac road, give out laptops to class one pupils and launch free maternity for women.
As Kenya heads into the election, the harmonized UhuRuto manifesto of four years ago will be used as a yardstick both by its supporters and opponents as the duo seeks re-election.
Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) during KANU's National Delegates Conference at Kasarani where KANU endorsed the president for the re-election.
Among the challenges the president will confront in the campaign is corruption. Government officials have been accused of massive corruption, and the President lamented about the lackluster performance of the Judiciary, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General, the Auditor General and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, defending his administration saying he had allocated enough resources and done more than what any other administration in the country’s history had done.
Some Kenyans also take issue with Government borrowing.