Uhuru is the best bet for Kenya

Karua and Ken­neth are among those who want the Pres­i­dent to be re­elected

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - MACHEL WAIKENDA

There is an old adage that says, “If you can’t beat them, join them”. This has never been clearer in Kenya than with the events in the past cou­ple of months. With what seems to have been great progress in the coun­try, every­one ap­pears at­tracted to join­ing the Ju­bilee Party. This is even more so in the Cen­tral re­gion where some for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have en­dorsed the re­elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta. It started with for­mer Subukia MP Koigi Wamwere, then for­mer Gatanga MP Peter Ken­neth and the latest be­ing for­mer Jus­tice min­is­ter Martha Karua.

There was the dis­so­lu­tion and merger of 12 po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Septem­ber to form the Ju­bilee Party. The Ju­bilee Party is not only a re­elec­tion ve­hi­cle for Pres­i­dent Uhuru but also a move­ment of peo­ple who be­lieve in his lead­er­ship and that of Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto.

Karua and Ken­neth have re­alised that Uhuru is the best bet for Kenya. Like them, most Kenyans have re­alised the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion has done a lot for Kenya — some­thing the op­po­si­tion is not will­ing to ad­mit. Kenyans ap­pre­ci­ate this and it ex­plains why many of those who did not vote for UhuRuto in 2013 are chang­ing their minds.

What is pre­vent­ing more from cross­ing over to the Ju­bilee side is the pro­pa­ganda and lies be­ing spread against the Pres­i­dent and his gov­ern­ment. Many are yet to crit­i­cally and ob­jec­tively an­a­lyse the di­verse de­vel­op­ment projects his ad­min­is­tra­tion has ini­ti­ated.

There is a lot more to say about the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment. One of these is the stan­dard gauge rail­way, which is near­ing com­ple­tion. Be­sides re­duc­ing travel time for both pas­sen­gers and cargo from Mom­basa and back, the SGR is set to cre­ate more jobs and de­velop the ar­eas it passes through and around rail­way sta­tions.

Med­i­cal equip­ment is be­ing in­stalled in var­i­ous county re­fer­ral hos­pi­tals to im­prove health­care ser­vices. Se­cu­rity has been en­hanced be­cause of the gov­ern­ment’s in­vest­ment in ve­hi­cles and equip­ment for the po­lice and the mil­i­tary.

In ed­u­ca­tion, the dig­i­tal learn­ing pro­gramme has al­ready kicked off across the coun­try. Ad­di­tion­ally, the gov­ern­ment has abol­ished na­tional ex­am­i­na­tion fees at both class eight and form four lev­els. For in­stance, the gov­ern­ment paid ex­am­i­na­tion fees for all the 1.5 mil­lion stu­dents sit­ting their ex­ams this year.

To sup­port devo­lu­tion, the na­tional gov­ern­ment has re­leased more than Sh1 tril­lion to the coun­ties in the last three years. In ad­di­tion, the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion has been work­ing with the gover­nors to im­prove other ser­vices such as health and the pro­vi­sion of clean wa­ter.

The Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­spected the tran­si­tion be­tween gov­ern­ments and this is why we have seen roads ini­ti­ated by the previous gov­ern­ments be­ing com­pleted. One such road is the Turbi-Moyale road which has opened up the north­ern fron­tier, where a jour­ney that used to take three days now takes five hours.

Uhuru’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has helped open up pre­vi­ously in­ac­ces­si­ble re­gions of this coun­try by build­ing good roads that have en­abled goods and ser­vices to move faster across the coun­try.

Elec­tric­ity con­nec­tiv­ity has in­creased since Ju­bilee came to power. Now, 5.2 mil­lion Kenyans have been con­nected to power com­pared to 2.3 mil­lion in 2013. There is also in­creased pro­duc­tion of elec­tric­ity in the coun­try, mak­ing power more re­li­able and avail­able for both do­mes­tic and in­dus­trial users.

This would not have been pos­si­ble if some­one who is look­ing at de­vel­op­ing the coun­try to pros­per­ity did not lead the coun­try. Pres­i­dent Uhuru is ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery Kenyan.

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