Kenya

Raila, Uhuru in Tight Race as Kenya Preps for Polls

Raila Odinga carrying his grand daughter in Nairobi on Sunday

Kenyans will tomorrow August 8 head to the polls to elect a president to steer the country’s business for the next five years.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing stiff competition from NASA candidate and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The race remains tight with each candidate expressing confidence of victory.

President Uhuru on Sunday thanked Kenyans for conducting peaceful campaigns and urged them to remain united and peaceful after the August 8 polls.

Speaking when he attended separate church services at Deliverance Church Umoja and Jesus Winner Ministry at Roysambu in Nairobi, Uhuru urged Kenyans to maintain the existing peace and continue living together harmoniously.

“Let us thank God for the peace we have continued to enjoy in our country and vow to maintain it as we also pray for a peaceful election, unity and prosperity for all Kenyans,” said Uhuru.

The President, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, asked Kenyans to pray for peace, saying even if they differ politically they should remain friendly to each other.

“Do not allow anything to put a wedge between you. You have been good neighbours and I urge you to remain so regardless of your tribe, religion or political affiliation,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta called on Kenyans to remain God-fearing people, dedicated to doing what pleases God.

Deputy President Ruto thanked Kenyans for praying unceasingly for peaceful campaigns.

“Kenya after the election will be for the first time special. This election will not have losers and winners, democracy will prevail,” said the Deputy President.

The DP said this year’s election is proof that Kenya’s democracy as has come of age.

Bishop J.B. Masinde, the founder of Deliverance Church Umoja, conducted the special service and also delivered the sermon at the first service while Bishop Edward Mwai the founder of Jesus Winner Ministry did the same at the second service.

Raila smells victory

On his part, Raila says previous elections were rigged in favour of the incumbent but assured voters that this election is like no other.

Raila said his government would ensure proper co-ordination of the health sector through implementing comprehensive reforms.

The NASA candidate says his mission will be to include mechanisms, processes and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests and also ensure adequate resources for training, equipping and transporting law enforcement officers and review their current remuneration.

Throughout his campaign, Raila said his government would collect national data on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector and create venture capital to boost businesses.

Kenya’s electoral commission has since reassured its commitment to deliver free and fair elections.

It also denied accusations of favouring the incumbent, saying its systems’ efficiency remains solid.

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