We need to shut up the opposition forever on August 8 – Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing his supporters. Photo/Courtesy

President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned young people in Central Kenya against delaying to register as voters reminding them that Jubilee needs to prove to the opposition that they defeated them squarely even in 2013.

Kenyatta reminded the youth in Murang’a County that ‘supporting a candidate is not enough’ insisting that ‘this contest will be won on the ballot.’

“I am kindly asking you to accept to come out, you accept to register, you accept to share the future of this country,” said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta was speaking on his first day of voter registration mobilization mission in Murang’a County.

The President will spend six days, until January 24, in the wider Mount Kenya region psyching his supporters to enlist to participate in the August General Election. He is set to traverse Murang’a, Nyeri, Meru, Kirinyaga, Embu and Nakuru counties.

He urged the relevant government authorities to make it easy for the youth to acquire ID cards and thereafter register as voters.

Murang’a County has 400,000 registered voters and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is targeting to enlist 120,000 new voters ahead of August polls.

President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is facing a tough test to conduct free and fair party primaries among the aspirants in the Mount Kenya region eyeing the party ticket to contest for various elective posts.

In Murang’a County, a hot contest is expected in the gubernatorial race between incumbent Mwangi Wa Iria and Kigumo Member of Parliament Jamleck Kamau.

In reference to the opposition, the President said leaders need to meet the electorate with their policies as opposed to verbal attacks to competitors.

“Leaders need to tell you what they will do for you instead of hauling insults to others, that’s why sometimes I say insults cannot put a meal on the table.”

The Head of State told the multitude that had gathered to greet him in Gatanga township that they have a last chance to silence the opposition forever.

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