Uhuru to speak on Kikuyu radio stations amid protests by Ruto allies

With just a day to the August 9 general election, President Uhuru Kenyatta will be addressing the Mount Kenya region from State House in a special joint interview on Sunday evening from 6 pm.

Speculation is rife that the LIVE broadcast to be aired by the vernacular radio stations from the region will be his last appeal to the residents of the vote-rich region to support his preferred successor Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua.

The Kenya Kwanza brigade has taken to social media to make claims that it is privy to what the President will be sharing alleging the head of state who is the Azimio chairperson will use the platform to campaign for Raila which is a violation of the electoral law since the official campaign period ended Saturday.

However, some say the president will be addressing the Gikuyu Embu Meru Association (GEMA) people to bid them farewell and also thank them for the support they have given him through the years.

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KBC’s Coro FM, Mwago FM and Ngemi FM will air the 2-hour interview dubbed ‘My Word To You’.

Electoral laws

The President spent the better part of Saturday drumming up support for the duo in Nyeri County ahead of Tuesday’s general elections.

While inspecting and commissioning several development projects in Murang’a and Nyeri countries, Uhuru vouched for the two leaders whom he described as principled and would ensure the development momentum the country has attained over the last 10 years is not derailed.

Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has consequently petitioned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to look into the interview.

“If HE campaigns for Baba today, electoral law will have been violated. Campaigns stopped yesterday” the MP said.

The electoral commission has cautioned political candidates against conducting any form of the political campaign following the expiry of the official campaigning period.

In a statement, it warned the official campaign period expired yesterday 6th August at 6pm, and any candidate conducting campaigns outside this period will be in breach of the electoral code of conduct.

The interview has elicited mixed reactions.


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