Elections must be held on August 8, Uhuru tells Nasa

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday dismissed the opposition’s demands that the election should be put off if the electronic system fails on voting day.

Speaking in Ukunda, Kwale County, President Kenyatta insisted that the polls must be held on August 8.

“I raised the issue last year when the opposition started raising queries about the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) that they are not ready for elections,” said the Head of State, who was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto.

NOT READY

He added: “We declare that Kenyans will elect leaders of their choice on August 8 so that we can continue with our work.”

The Jubilee presidential flagbearer said Nasa was not ready for elections but wanted power through the backdoor.

“They want a nusu mkate (power sharing) government,” said the President who also called for peace and unity.

On Monday, Nasa told the High Court that the electoral commission had failed to ensure there was a complementary technology to act as a backup during the elections as required by law.

POSTPONED

Nasa said the polls should be postponed if the electronic system fails on polling day.

Lawyer Paul Mwangi for Nasa said the law compels the commission to postpone the elections until a complementary system is put in place.

Yesterday, Mr Ruto also tore into the opposition’s demands, saying the coalition was using the courts to postpone the -election because of unpreparedness.

The leaders addressed rallies in Shimoni, Shimba Hills and Ukunda in Kwale before heading to Mtwapa in Kilifi and Nyali in Mombasa.

JOHO

The Jubilee campaigns at the Coast started on Sunday and end in Taita-Taveta on Wednesday.

During Tuesday’s campaigns, President Kenyatta also hit out at Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, saying he was fond of insulting him yet he had failed in development.

He said Mr Joho, who has termed President Kenyatta his number one enemy, always criticised him to gain political mileage.

“But that will not deny me sleep. If you want to be called a lion, work for the people, provide services, build roads and clean the city.

We are not interested in abuses as we have an ideology to market to Kenyans,” said the President.

VOTERS

He urged Coast voters to vote for him. “In 2013 you did not vote for us, but we have not discriminated against you in development.

We have a reason to ask you in respect to vote for us,” he said.

He cited the government’s investment in roads, healthcare and electricity, saying his track record was proof he deserved a second term. He said the building of the Samburu-Kinango road in Kwale would boost tourism.

Speaking in Ukunda, the President said 40,000 title deeds had been issued in Kwale since 2013. He added that equipment worth Sh800 million had been given to hospitals in Msambweni while the facilities in Kinango had received Sh400 million.

MEDICAL COVER

The President said mothers who give birth in public hospital would be given medical cover for a year.

“The work of parents now is to give birth as the government is taking care of everything,” he said.

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala asked voters to support President Kenyatta’s re-election bid, for development.

While also campaigning for the President’s re-election, Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya said Ukunda airstrip was being expanded while roads were being done.

He said Nasa had sensed defeat in the county’s gubernatorial race and that was why it wanted to field a single candidate against him.

Former minister Chirau Mwakwere is vying on a Wiper ticket while Dr Issa Kipera is vying on ODM.

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