President Uhuru Kenyatta today said Jubilee is the only truly national party in Kenya that has accommodated leaders from different regions in national leadership.
The President said the party has promoted integration and regional balance in the management of the country’s affairs. Speaking in Webuye at a thanksgiving ceremony for Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, President Kenyatta said contrary to erroneous claims by some opposition leaders it is easy for Kenyans to see that Jubilee represents the image of Kenya. “The Speaker of the Senate (Lusaka) comes from Western Kenya, the Governor of Nairobi (Mike Sonko) hails from Ukambani, the Senator of Nairobi (Johnson Sakaja) comes from Western Kenya,” said the President as he debunked the lie by the opposition that the government is run by leaders from two regions alone. The President said Kenyans should reject the opposition which thrives only on tribalism and propaganda. He made the comments as he said no one has the right to stop the fresh elections scheduled for October 26 He said election is a right for the Kenyan voter but not a right for only the contestants and no leader can purport to have the ability to stop Kenyans from exercising their right. The President called on the opposition to leave alone the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to do its work so that it can organize the fresh election within the time given by the Constitution and as stated by the Supreme Court. “Leave alone Chebukati and Chiloba to do their job. Stop coming with new problems every day,” said the President. The President said that the amendments to the electoral laws the Parliament is undertaking are legal and justified since the loopholes were identified by the Supreme Court when the August 8 poll was annulled. “When the court made its decision it found that there were Returning Officers and Presiding Officers who refused to sign or stamp forms. How is it wrong to make it a crime for election officers to refuse to perform their official duties?” said the President. Deputy President William Ruto said Jubilee hopes to receive more votes in Bungoma County in the fresh polls going by the trend over the years. “In 2013 you gave us 30,000 votes but in 2017 you increased it to 126000 votes. In 2013 Jubilee did not get any MP in Bungoma but in 2017 we got five,” said the Deputy President. The DP said the opposition should organize itself and ask for votes instead of engaging in lawlessness. “Instead of going round with demonstrations, organize yourself and we all go back to Kenyans who will decide who wins,” the DP said. Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said Bungoma voters should be aware that the Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula had tried but failed to block Lusaka from becoming the Senate Speaker. “All Senators from other parts of Western Kenya voted for Lusaka even though they belong to the opposition but it is only the Senator for Bungoma who opposed him,” said Wamalwa. Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba attended the thanksgiving ceremony where he announced that he stands in solidarity with the Senate Speaker. “In the August 8 election we went hunting with Lusaka. I brought back an antelope and Lusaka brought back the Senate Speaker’s seat. Obviously Lusaka gained more,” said the Governor. The Governor added that he will make his stand on the October 26 election known soon. Senate Speaker Lusaka thanked the President and his Deputy for enabling him to become the Speaker of the Senate. He urged the people of Bungoma to give more votes to the President in the repeat poll. Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali, who is the Jubilee National Assembly Chief Whip, said Jubilee awarded two out of the six high profile positions in Parliament to Western Kenya showing that the party represents the interest of all Kenyans. The ceremony was addressed by many leaders including Senate Majority Leaders Kipchumba Murkomen.