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Kenya Decides 2013: Campaign Fever Grips Nation As Politicians Hold Rallies

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web http://datedgear.com/wp-includes/feed-rdf.php geneva; font-size: small;”>With issues of unemployment, dosage http://checkhimout.ca/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/class.analytics.stats.php cost of living, purchase negative ethnicity, youth empowerment and policy taking the centre stage, the major presidential contenders have made sure that no stone is left unturned in this electioneering period.

Over the last weekend, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka was touring his political backyard with a message that youth should not allow to be used by politicians to perpetrate violence before or after the most competitive elections since the country gained independence from Britain in 1963.

The Vice President who doubles up as CORD’s Deputy Presidential Candidate was confident that his coalition will carry the day in the March 4 elections.’

The VP expressed confidence CORD will bring about a peaceful-people-led democratic revolution that will guarantee true change for the better by uniting the nation and eliminate negative ethnic attitudes.

Kalonzo attributed the 2007/8 Post Election Violence to ethnic tensions, saying, “After the March 4 General Election, Kenya will never be the same again under the CORD regime.”

As the VP was touring Lower Eastern, Jubilee coalition led by Deputy Prime Minister and Former Minister For Finance Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Higher Education Minister William Ruto launched the harmonized Jubilee Blueprint anchored on 3- point which included; national cohesion, Unity and economic transformation and transparency and accountability.

Launched in pomp and colour the blueprint pledges to unite Kenyans through creation of employment opportunities and empowering women.

Flanked by other leaders in the jubilee coalition, Uhuru Kenyatta promised to deliver the promises between this year and 2017 if the electorate elects its party flag bearers.

“My record at the Ministry of Finance is there. When it comes to the issue of transparency and openness in government which is one of the key pillars in our manifesto, my record speaks for itself,” said Kenyatta.

Their manifesto contains a string of development projects aimed at improving the lives of Kenyans between 2013 and 2017.

Women

The coalition expressed concern of uniting Kenya hence putting more energy in ensuring food security, quality education, sports and culture, better health care and empowering youths and women.

Also in the manifesto is creating openness by drawing fresh relations with key groups and organizations to keep the country in the devolution state.

The manifesto was launched at Moi international Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday and is drawn from the main political parties within the coalition which include, Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance Party, William Ruto’s United Republican Party, Former tourism Minister Najib Balala’s Republican Council and Water Minister Charity Ngilu’s National Rainbow Coalition (Narc).

William Ruto said the country was on the right path of transformation through new leadership that is inclusive, founded on merit, results-oriented and focused on the public good while Water minister Charity Ngilu said the coalition would mainstream women participation in Nation building.

She said every nation yearning for rapid development must invest in women, food and water. She added health and education are the foundations on which a family and a nation are built.

“In designing Jubilee’s strategies for a transformed Kenya, we were aware that for real change with far-reaching effects, we need to summon the courage to create, nurture and transform. And that is why the women must be the agenda. Never again will the women be cheerleaders,” she said.

Another presidential hopeful Martha Wangari Karua has been camping in the last 4 days in western Kenya to woo voters to support her presidential bid.

She urged Kenyans to vote against leaders who have in the past been involved with corruption based scandals. She stressed having clean leadership with fresh ideas which will enable the country to prosper.

In a campaign dubbed Meet The People, Karua was campaigning at various stop overs in Kamkuywa, Kaptama, Kapsokwony and Kimilili markets in Bungoma County where she said Kenyan leadership deserves someone ready to fight the ills for the benefit of an ordinary citizen.

She said that she will ensure equitable distribution of national resources and making sure are not only shared by the few who are already rich.

CORD camped this weekend and in Kisii County on February 4.

Raila, Kalonzo Musyoka and Trade Minister Moses Wetangula camped at Kisii. They will on February 5 campaign at Nyamira.

KENYATTA UNDER FIRE

Youth affairs Minister Ababu Namwamba-led Cord Effect held rallies in Bonchari, South Mugirango, Bomachoge, Bobasi and Nyaribari Chache constituencies criticizing their jubilee counterparts at the same time questioning the scorecard of Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Nataka Kumuuliza Uhuru Kenyatta what is left if you minus Kenyatta from his name? (I want to ask Uhuru Kenyatta what is left after you minus the name Kenyatta from his name?” said Namwamba.

He further said that the two, Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate Eldoret North MP William Ruto cannot be trusted with the country’s top leadership saying they are of questionable characters and Eldoret North immediate former MP William Ruto whether he will defend the Constitution he campaigned against the same law during the referendum.

“Kenyans have not forgotten that Ruto was the leader of NO team. I am wondering how he will swear to protect the Constitution which he opposed,” Namwamba quoted by the press.

MUDAVADI

Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi took his presidential bid under the Amani coalition banner to Nandi County urging voters not to elect leaders who may be in bad terms with the international community.

Musalia Mudavadi who was sidelined in the Jubilee coalition seems to have opened up new battle front with Jubilee Coalition which is headed by 2 ICC suspects Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.

Mudavadi stressed that; “our [Kenya] exports depend on the respect an elected government earns within the international community hence those seeking the top job should be in terms with other nations.”

Mudavadi who was flanked by KANU chairman and Baringo County senatorial aspirants Gideon Moi urged the political leaders to respect each other and stop insults.

“You have seen those who have been calling each other names. Leadership should not instill fear in people but rather inspire them. We want leadership that can respect one another. We have no time to waste on insults,” said Mudavadi.

As the political leaders work tooth and nail to outshine each other, the national Constitutional Implementation commission (NCIC) chairperson, Charles Nyachae, has urged politicians not to use historical injustices as campaign tools.

He said such matters were currently been handled by the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

Chimpreports shall give you the analysis of the political theatrics of the Kenyan presidential campaign trail which will continue for the next 4 weeks ahead of the March 4 general election.

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