BY FRED MAKANA
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the ruling Jubilee Party is not dead as alleged by Deputy President William Ruto and his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) allies.
President Kenyatta instead said he has been busy building the nation and the party is even stronger despite the fallout with his deputy.
“Some have been going round saying jubilee is dead. There is time for work and politics and the time for politics has come and everybody has the freedom to say who he prefers. Those started early and those of us who have just begun the campaign since I also have a vote and I told people this is a marathon,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: ” I don’t have anybody’s project but I will see and since I also have a vote, I will also have to tell those who will listen to me where to go,”
Speaking at the launch of the Annual Universal Healthcare Conference in Mombasa, President Uhuru called on politicians to stop deceiving the electorate during their campaign meetings.
“Our party (Jubilee) has been on duty and I will not tire in showing Kenyans the work we have done and I will also not tire in telling Kenyans to vote for our party for the good work we have done. We shall be united with other like-minded leaders like Joho who want to work,” he said.
In a bare-knuckle attack President Kenyatta said nothing will stop him from making his political choice, maintaining that the time of politics has just begun.
“ I have been having a look at them
At the same time President Kenyatta criticised politicians and government officials attacking state-owned development projects during their campaign rallies, saying ‘no work can be done standing on vehicles in meetings’.
Although without mentioning names, the Head of State was reacting to the recent remarks by Kenya Kwanza party leaders who have been claiming the government has failed Kenyans.
“ So far we have made progress. Let us remain focused. Lying to people in meetings will not change anything. If there is anything you feel is not right, that’s why we are here. Just tell us where we can do better,” Uhuru spoke in Swahili.
“ Stop the rhetoric stop from car sunroofs. You cannot talk when there is nothing that you have done. No work is done on top of vehicles. Work is done in hospitals, offices,“ the head of state said.
Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli urged Amani National Congress leader to respect President Kenyatta and desist from hurling insults on the president
While addressing health issues, President Uhuru reassured Kenyans that despite making little strides, the country’s health sector was on the right path.
“Let us ensure we deliver the kind of healthcare that we would also seek to enjoy ourselves. Kenya is making low strides and even though we are not yet fully there, we are moving in the right direction,” he added.