President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have termed as baseless claims of rigging in next week’s polls made by the National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders.
Addressing huge rallies at Migwani and Kitui town in Kitui County, the President and his deputy said the rigging claims by the opposition leaders are a sign that they have sensed defeat.
“They wasted their time on press conferences and fighting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in courts and now they have realised that they are headed for defeat. That is why they are bringing up these baseless rigging claims,” President Kenyatta said.
President Uhuru particularly took issue with opposition leader Raila Odinga, saying he has formed a habit of crying foul every time the country holds a general election.
“I tell my brother (Mr Odinga) to go to the people who have the votes, not press conferences,” President Kenyatta said in Kitui town at the end of a busy day that saw him address six rallies to explain his transformational agenda for the next five years.
The President told the opposition to focus on selling their policies to the electorate, saying Kenyans need services not lies and propaganda.
He challenged Mr Odinga to tell Kenyans what he did for the country when he served previous governments in senior positions including that of Prime Minister.
“If he did not do anything to improve the lives of Kenyans all those years he held senior government positions, he cannot not be trusted to transform the country now,” President Kenyatta pointed out, saying Jubilee’s development track record speaks for itself.
The President also told the opposition to stop issuing statements that could scare away investors, saying the country required them to create the quality jobs for the youth.
“Put the interests of the country above your petty ambitions because the country will remain even after the elections,” President Kenyatta told the opposition.
Uhuru urged Kitui residents to turn out in large numbers and vote for Jubilee to give it a resounding victory that will facilitate the continuation of the country’s development and progress.
“In 2013, we won by 800,000 votes. This year we want to defeat the opposition by 3 million votes,” President Kenyatta said.
In Kitui County, the Jubilee Government has implemented many development projects that are transforming the lives of the residents including the ongoing tarmacking of the 192 kilometre Kibwezi – Ikutha – Mutomo – Kitui town – Kabati – Migwani road at a cost of Kshs 18.4 billion, a key road that the residents have waited for over four decades.
Deputy President Ruto said in 2013 Jubilee won fairly and this time Kenyans will re-elect it because of its development track record.
“We won the election fair and square in 2013 because our competitors neither had a track record nor a development agenda. The difference between 2013 and 2017 is that we will win this election with a bigger margin because we have a development track record and a plan to take the country to the next level,” the DP said.
He asked the residents not to be confused by the opposition, saying the political contest this year is not between him and Kalonzo Musyoka but between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.
Earlier, the President and his deputy addressed rallies at Athiru Ruujene, Chaaria and Mikinduri in Meru County where they mobilised Jubilee supporters to turn out in large numbers on August 8 for a clear victory.